Flax Planting and Care Guide
Quick Facts About Flax
Flax makes a lovely addition to the cottage garden. The blooms don't last long, but they are replaced quickly to keep a colorful display going. Flax has been grown since ancient time for its many benefits. It is not picky about soil, and it withstands heat very well. If the flower seeds are sown in succession, the bloom time can stretch from summer through first frost.
Directly sowing Flax seeds is the preferred method of sowing. Sow the flower seeds in early spring. The seedlings can withstand a light frost. In temperate climates, an early fall seeding will also work.
Flax grows well in full sun and in sandy soils that drain well. It can struggle in wet, clay soils.
How to Plant Flax
- Remove weeds and work the garden soil to a depth of 6 - 8 inches
- Add compost to ensure that the soil will drain well
- Rake the soil smooth and tamp down
- Scatter the Flax seeds on the surface and press the seeds into the soil
- The seeds need light for germination so lightly rake soil over the seed
- Water the area well for germination
- Flax seeds can be sown in succession for several weeks in the spring to give a longer bloom season
Care And Maintenance
- Irrigate regularly to establish the plants
- Once Flax is established, it requires little care
- It can be spindly, so companion planting with plants the provide support is helpful
- After blooming, cut back to encourage more growth and additional blooming
- In the fall after frosts, clear the dead material