How to grow Bachelor Buttons

How to grow Bachelor Buttons

Bachelor Button (Centaurea cyanus)

Bachelor Buttons are an excellent option for novice gardeners as they are effortless to grow, attract pollinators and have a long blooming season if harvested regularly. These flowers are not only decorative but also edible, with their petals adding a delightful touch to desserts or salads. As a cool-weather plant, they can be planted very early or left to overwinter in a mild climate.


Plant type: annual, re-seeds easily

Height: 30-38”

Site: full sun

Days to maturity: 65 - 75 Days

Plant spacing: 2-9"

Kids, Pets and Deer: safe, deer resistant

How to Grow

Direct seed (recommended): Sow seeds  6 seeds per foot, 1/4" deep, as soon as soil can be worked. Cover lightly. Keep soil surface moist until emergence.Thin to 6-9” apart when seedlings have first true leaves.

Transplant: Sow 3-4 weeks before last frost.  Grow at 50-55°F (10-12°C) during the night for several weeks to develop a root ball.

Germination:7-14 days at 60-65°F (16-18°C).

Where to plant: Plant in full sun and any soil with good drainage. Bachelor buttons will tolerate poor soil.

Harvest/Vase Life: Cut when flowers are 1/4 to 1/2 open. Expect a vase life of 7 days.

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