Equally unlikely and charming, we love Craspedia! She goes by many marvelous names, from drumstick flower to billy balls to sun ball. Craspedia is easy to grow, producing a bustling skyline of inch-wide golden blossoms on long 20+ inch silver stems perfect for both fresh and dry bouquets. With a 2′ silvery tuft of gorgeous foliage, Craspedia makes very few demands, thriving in poor soil and even in drought. Indeed, she is native to Australia and perennial in Zones 9 through 12, though Craspedia is very easy to grow as an annual here in the Northeast.
|50 Seeds||$4.45||In stock|
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When to sow: Indoors ~4 weeks before final frost, transplant only.
Sow 2 seeds per cell barely covered with soil, we recommend in soil blocks. Thin to one & pot up once second set of true leaves emerge. Harden off (reduce water & temp for 3-7 days outside) & transplant after danger of frost.
Seed Depth: Barely cover
Days to Germination: 14-18 days at 70-75°F
Full Sun Days to Flower: 100
Plant spacing after thinning: 12 inches
Harvest: For bouquets, harvest at full bloom, when spheres are uniformly golden.
For straight stems in dry arrangements, hang Craspedia upside down to dry two weeks before arranging.