1 ~ You can sow your seeds directly where you would like them to grow or start them in seed trays… why not try a bit of both and see what works best for you. Remember to sow seeds on the surface because they need light to germinate.
2 ~ Keep seeds moist during the germination process. Since they are sown at the surface, they can dry out quickly. Sometimes I sprinkle out some coir peat where I want to sow and then sprinkle the seeds on top of that. Coir peat (you can buy bricks of this for as little as $2) is really good at holding moisture.
3 ~ Unfortunately, slugs and snails love strawflowers too. Keep an eye out, especially after it rains, and try out one of many natural control methods for these pests.
4 ~ Strawflowers are native to the grasslands of Australia. This means that they can handle poor soils and tough conditions, but they do enjoy a good soil with plenty of rich, organic matter.
5 ~ Don’t crowd your plants. Strawflowers like full sun and good air circulation to prevent problems with fungus and mildew.
6 ~ The more you cut, the more you get! One of the reasons I love these plants so much… keep harvesting your flowers and you will be rewarded with more and more.