My sister from Texas gave me some blue bonnet seeds. I live in northern Indiana. Will they grow here?
They would likely last as an annual in your garden.
If you would like to have perennials, look for Lupine seeds for you growing zone.
Here are some links with more information.
I have waited too long to plant blue bonnet seeds. I read where you can put seed in freezer for 24 hours then soak them in water for 24 hours, then they will grow. I need to know is there a way I can plant the seed now. Thank you Debbie.
You need to treat the seeds by a method called scarification.
This article will help you.
I found odd an looking orange, ball-shaped growth spread out in a largish patch in my bluebonnet patch this morning. What could this be and should I remove it? pictures attached.
These orange balls are the reproductive stage of slime mold.
Here is a link with more information.
At what stage can we mow the bluebonnets and be sure the seeds are mature?
After the majority of the flowers have faded and fallen, there will be plenty of seed left for next season. You can cut these after this point.
I first noticed this Bluebonnet plant last July. It bloomed in August. It continued growing through the winter and bloomed at regular time in March/April. It is now blooming again. I also had a few dozen plants in the yard that germinated in July, survived the winter and had big beautiful blooms in March/April.
The flowering out of habit is a bit odd, but can happen under stress. Seed germination is rather low, so you may have had some sprout, but likely the roots have spread underground.
I would continue to enjoy the out of habit blooming, while giving the plants the best care (which means leaving it alone!).