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Asked by
Transplanted Southerner on
August 7, 2013

Q. What Are the Tiny Red Bugs on bachelors buttons

What are the tiny red bugs that have begun covering the stems of my bachelor buttons (Thinking they are what I planted, though the label said Pincushion!)? They are growing well at 8, 500′ in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Recently, tiny red bugs have attached themselves to some of the stems. It has been an unusually rainy year here. Also, the stems and leaves are now covered in a silvery powdery looking substance. The plants from last year did not return. Any tips to ensure that the ones planted this year will show up next year? Thanks! (P. S. Can’t find how to change my Zone, it is 4!)

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
August 7, 2013
A.

This link will take you to several articles on red spider mites: http://www.google.com/cse?cx=012078378210706707791%3Af1h5n_k1r5e&ie=UTF-8&q=planting+roses&oq=planting+roses&gs_l=partner.3..0l3j0i5j0i8l3.1424293.1427851.0.1428567.14.8.0.6.6.0.226.1177.1j5j2.8.0.gsnos%2Cn%3D13..0.0.3510j1093152j14..1ac.1.mbFdv-pWqVs#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=red%20spider%20mites

This article discusses scabiosa: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/pincushion-flower/scabiosa-pincushion-flowers.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 13, 2015

Q. Bachelor Button

I was wondering if I could plant the seeds for bachelor buttons outside now or is it too late?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 14, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Yes, you can go ahead and plant them. Even though it's somewhat late, the warmer temps will only help promote their growth. This article will help with growing them: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bachelor-buttons/growing-bachelor-buttons.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 26, 2016

Q. Bachelor’s Button

My plants grow up prolifically then seem to collapse after flowering and a second very weak second blooming appears randomly among the plants. What am I doing wrong or what should I be doing to prevent the collapse and to encourage the second blooming?
Thanks

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 27, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Dead heading your Bachelor Buttons will encourage stronger stems and more flowers.

Here is a link to growing Bachelor Buttons.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bachelor-buttons/growing-bachelor-buttons.htm

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Asked by
Lifetime123 on
May 21, 2017

Q. Indentification of plant

I have a beautiful plant that comes up every spring and has beautiful purple flowers. I live on the Gulf of Mexico near Clearwater Florida. What is this plant?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 22, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

This is perennial Cornflower.

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Asked by
cooksley.wayne on
July 21, 2017

Q. Bachelor Button Seed’s

Where/who carry’s Bachelor Button Seed’s ? ?

cooksley.wayne@yahoo.com

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 21, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

Bachelor Button Seeds should be found at most garden centers or greenhouses that carry seeds.
Do a Google search for seeds; there are many sources that can ship directly to you.

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Asked by
meisterelizabeth on
November 5, 2017

Q. the Bachelore Button Flower

I planted the flower from seed, but the plant did not produce any flowers. Will it come back next spring?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
November 5, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

There is a chance that there are still viable seeds laying around, but if it did not flower then it may not have seeded. If this is the case you will have to re-seed. Start them indoors earlier to ensure they reach full maturity.

Here is an article for more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bachelor-buttons/growing-bachelor-buttons.htm

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Answered by
MichiganDot on
November 5, 2017
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If your bachelor button, aka cornflower, plants don't bloom, something is wrong unless you planted them late in the summer. They are annuals, vigorous bloomers and set so much seed that they are considered weedy. Too much fertilizer results in lush green growth and no flowers. Full sun, at least 6 hours, is necessary and plants don't tolerate wet soil. Did you notice any buds forming but not opening? There are several insects that destroy buds. More info on cornflowers and overwintering is here: https://www.gardeners.com/how-to/growing-annual-flowers/5070.html

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