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How to Sow Scarlet Flax Seeds

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How to Sow Scarlet Flax Seeds

Scarlet Flax (Linum grandiflorum Rubrum) is a captivating annual flower that graces gardens with its brilliant red blooms. The delicate yet vibrant petals add a burst of colour to any landscape, making it a favourite among garden enthusiasts

How to Grow Scarlet Flax from Seed

  • Soil Preparation: Prepare the planting area by ensuring it receives full sun and has well-drained, light soil. Prior to sowing, rake the soil to create a fine, crumbly texture. This will provide the perfect foundation for the seeds to establish themselves
  • Seed Sowing Advice: Choose the appropriate season for sowing. You can sow Scarlet Flax seeds directly into the growing location or containers in spring. For over-wintering in southern areas, late summer sowing is ideal. Scatter the seeds thinly over the prepared soil and lightly cover them with a fine layer of soil, about 2-3mm deep
  • Germination and Temperature: Scarlet Flax seeds germinate best when the soil temperature is consistently around 60-65°F (15-18°C). Maintain these conditions for successful and healthy seedling growth
  • Seed Spacing: As the young seedlings emerge and grow, thin them out to ensure they have enough space to develop. Aim to space the seedlings around 8-10cm apart, giving each plant adequate room to flourish
  • Thinning: Thinning is a crucial step in the early stages of growth. By removing excess seedlings, you allow the remaining plants to receive ample sunlight, nutrients, and space, resulting in stronger and healthier plants

How to Care for Scarlet Flax Seeds

  • Maintenance: Provide consistent moisture to the young seedlings without waterlogging the soil. Once the plants are established, they are relatively low-maintenance. However, it’s essential to monitor their water needs, especially during dry periods. Applying a balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season can encourage robust flowering
  • Maturity: As the Scarlet Flax plants mature, they will produce striking red blossoms that enhance the beauty of your garden. Enjoy their vibrant display throughout the flowering period
  • Common Pests and Diseases: Keep an eye out for potential pests like aphids and spider mites. If an infestation occurs, you can use insecticidal soap or a strong stream of water to deter them. Ensure good air circulation around the plants to prevent fungal diseases. If fungal issues arise, treat the affected plants with appropriate fungicides following the manufacturer’s instructions.

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