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.
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.
Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: Absolutely not! At Seed Needs, we have a strong stance against GMO based seed products. We promise to NEVER knowingly carry, or ship GMO based seed products.
Question: Are your seeds orgnic? Or do you offer organic seeds?
Answer: At this time we do not offer certified organic seed varieties. Although some of the seeds in our shop may be from organic suppliers, we do not have the rights label them as such.
Question: Are your seeds Heirloom?
Answer: Yes, we carry a diverse selection of heirloom seeds that are sourced from professional growers that are located all over the globe. A small selection of varieties are Hybrids, and are labeled as such on the product listings.
Question: Are you located within the United States?
Answer: Yes, we store and ship all of our seeds from New Baltimore, Michigan.
Question: Do you ship out of the USA?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States. We no longer ship to Canada.
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