|Soil Temp||60° F+|
|Area to Sow||10′ row|
|Days to Germ.||3-10+|
|Days to Maturity||35+|
|Best Planting Method||Direct|
|Thin to||≥2″ apart|
|Final Spacing||≥3″ apart|
|Approx. Seed Count||40|
Planting by Zones
- Flax is a warm-season crop that can be grown year-round in mild areas. In Zones 9 and 10, broadcast seeds in the cool of fall to establish over the winter or plant in early spring. Dainty blue 1″ flowers bloom from spring through fall.
- Broadcast seeds in mid to late spring. Plants bloom from early to mid-spring.
Planting Flax Seeds
- Flax seeds are best planted by broadcasting seed into a full sun location with well-drained soil. Part shade is tolerated.
- Broadcast seed into debris-free, well-worked soil that has been deeply watered. Cover with 1/4″ of finely sifted soil.
- Seeds must remain moist to germinate evenly and quickly.
- Blue Flax is easy to grow. It can be grown with little care in average to poor soils.
- Mulch heavily around your plants to help with weed suppression and moisture retention.
- Flax is a perennial plant that reseeds easily.
Succession Planting Flax
- Succession plant every 21 days.
Growing Flax in Containers
- Flax can be grown in a container. Make sure your container is at least 10″ deep. Keep in mind containers will dry out faster because they have more surface area and less soil to hold onto moisture.
- Blue Flax plants have edible seeds that can be used in bread, cereals, and more. Harvest when the seed capsules are dry; remove seed capsules from the plant and pinch open to collect the seeds.
Southern California Pro-tips
- In areas of Zones 9 and 10, flax is an easy crop to grow with a wide range of uses.
- Plant in full to part-sun during warm seasons and in the sunniest spots during cool seasons.
- During our hottest months of August, September, and October, plants can suffer from the heat. During this time, using shade cloth can help protect the plants from extreme heat.