Single Packet of 300 Seeds
Grow Scarlet Flax from freshly harvested Linum grandiflorum rubrum wildflower seeds. Scarlet Flax is an annual flowering plant that will grow quickly, bloom profusely for 4 to 6 weeks and later die with the first killing frost. The plants will produce clusters of deep, ruby-red colored flowers that span 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter.
Each plant will grow to a mature height of about 12 to 36 inches tall, spreading roughly 18 inches wide. The plants, once established, are pretty drought tolerant and won’t need much tending. The seeds of the Flax plant will glisten because of their high oil content. You may not know that Flax is the source of linseed oil, which is great for polishing and refurbishing wood.
- Type: Flax Flower
- Season: Annual
- Color: Red
- Height: 12" - 36" Tall
- Width: 18" spread
- Environment: Full Sun / Partial Shade
- Zone: 3 - 10
- Notes: Easy to grow. Attracts pollinators and other beneficial insects. Best sown by the masses. Sow in flower beds and raised beds, as well as borders.
Sowing The Seed
Flax seeds is best established directly outdoors, however it can be sown indoors as well. If sowing indoors, start in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Peat pots will allow you to later transplant the entire pots directly into the earth, without disturbing the roots. Sow at a shallow depth of 1/16″ under topsoil as the seed will require light to germinate properly. Transplant or direct sow outdoors when all danger of frost has passed.
Flax plants will enjoy an area of full sunlight to partial shade. They also thrive in temperatures that are anywhere between 65F and 75F, in soils that are well drained. Adding a light compost to hard, compact soil will increase drainage. Keep the seeds moist until germination has occurred.
Germination & Growth
The seeds will begin to germinate within as little as 7 to 10 days, but can take up to 21 to 28 days. The plants will reach a mature height of about 12 to 36 inches tall, spreading 18 inches wide. The plants are best spaced 10 to 12 inches apart from one another. After successful germination, you can begin to enjoy the clusters of ruby red flowers a few weeks later.