Growing and Saving Seed Of Safflower
Latin name Carthamus Tinctorius is an annual that thrives in super hot, dry conditions. Its blazing golden orange blooms make this a stunning ornamental.
Native to the Mediterranean. The plants were originally grown as a dye plant to impart a bold golden yellow color to food and textiles.
- Beds, borders, containers
- Dye plant
- Edible flower petals
- Seeds germinate in 7-14 days.
- Start seeds 8-10 weeks before last frost date or sow directly outdoors after the last frost date.
- Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep.
- Ideal germination temperature is 60-70 F.
- Keep seeds moist until germinated.
- Plants prefer full sun and are very drought tolerant.
- Provide well-drained soil.
- Space plants 6-10 inches apart.
- Deadhead to encourage continued blooming.
- Generally pest free, it is sometimes prone to rots and fungus if planted in poorly drained, excessively soggy soil or if humidity remains too high.
- Allow flowers to fade and large, pointy seed pods to form.
- Seed pods will turn brown and dry.
- Wearing gloves, carefully pry seeds free from pods and store in a cool, dry, dark location until spring.