Ordered before 17:30, shipped today - Support: +44 7971 457 184

SAFFLOWER

£3.25

Compare
Category:

Share this product

Description

Carthamus tinctorious – False saffron

Safflower is an ancient prickly flowering plant that contains a water-soluble yellow dye and an alkaline soluble red dye. Safflower was used to dye the red cotton tapes of legal documents hence the expression “red tape”.

For more information on how to dye using safflower visit the dyeing-craft “how to” page.

Sow indoors:

Sow in small pots about 1/2 inch deep and cover with seed compost 6 – 8 weeks before the last frost. Water carefully from the base of the tray. Germination is about 14 – 21 days. Temperature 15 – 21 degrees C (60 – 70F).

Plant out into their final growing position when the risk of frost has passed.

Sow direct:

Sow where they are to flower once temperatures reach 13 – 16 degrees C (55 – 65F).

Sow about 1/2 inch deep and 12 inches apart in well-cultivated soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Lightly cover seeds. Water well and regularly. Germination will occur in about 21 days.

Very attractive flower heads of red and orange from mid-summer onwards.

Plant height: 24 – 36 inches.

Spacing: 12 – 15 inches

Light requirements: Sun – partial shade

1g  –  50 seeds £3.25

HOW TO DYE WITH SAFFLOWER

BUY SAFFLOWER HERE

Additional information

Weight 0.002 kg