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Cornflower Red Boy

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A really eye-catching cornflower. These beauties will give you gorgeous, deep pink flowers, but still retain the classic informal, meadow look of the cornflower.

Easy to grow, loved by pollinators, lasts well in a vase, and keeps on flowering for weeks and weeks. keep on cutting to produce more blooms….the perfect cottage garden flower.  They also make excellent cut flowers, lasting for 5-7 days in a vase.

Loved by bees and flower lovers alike.  

Seed Quantity: 400 Seeds

Type: Annual

Genus: Centaurea cyanus

Sow Seeds: Sow in September for larger, stronger plants and/or in late April.  Can be sown in modules to transplant later or direct into the soil.  Pre-water the soil before sowing.  Sow thinly and cover only very lightly. Do not let the soil dry out.  Grow in poor, well-drained soil and in full sun and it is advisable to grow through some netting as they are prone to flopping over in high winds without support.

Plant Out: July- October.  Keep cutting and deadheading to encourage more blooms

Flowers: June-September

Height & Spread: 60-90cm high x 30cm spread

Cornflower Red Boy

RHS Plants for Pollinators.

The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects.

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    A cluster of Cornflower Red Boy flowers with red blooms against green foliage
    Close-up of the red petals of the Cornflower Red Boy in bloom
    Cornflower Red Boy variety with vibrant red blooms attracting pollinators
    Cornflower Red Boy blossoms adding a pop of red to a garden setting

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 2 reviews
    Tamsin Wilson

    Looking forward to seeing these beauties grow. Great service and easy to navigate website.

    Ian Peters
    Corian cottage garden

    Haven’t used the seeds yet. But we’ll packaged and delivery was very quick.

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