Barely cover (about 1/16").
Sow in early spring, 3-4 weeks before last frost. Can also be fall sown (Oct.) in zones 7-10.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Cornflower Classic Magic are sentimental favorites and of easiest culture, the numerous bees buzzing around the blooms a clue to their value in pollinator gardens. Try an early to mid-fall sowing in zones 7-10 for vigorous blooming plants earlier in the season. At home in the cutting garden, veggie garden, border, and meadow garden, they continue in bloom if picked often for bouquets both fresh and dried. Pull some edible petals to brighten up salads, freeze inside ice cubes, and more. Self sows.
Somewhat drought tolerant once established. 1" of water per week initially, then water during dry spells.
Mix in about 1/2" of compost or an organic granular fertilizer prior to planting.
Diseases & Pests:
Avoid fungal troubles by placing in a location that has good air circulation.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Beginning to open