Growing heirloom five-spot seeds in your garden
- Low maintenance, quick-blooming flowers
- Pollinator attractor
- Beautiful white and blueish purple blooms
- Perfect for container gardens
The five-spot flower is native to California, Oregon, and Utah, but it has swiftly spread across the country. They are a low-growing borage family member that is commonly used in rock gardens, beds and borders, containers, hanging baskets, and garden edging. Grow your own heirloom five-spot flowers to see these stunning blossoms up close and to enjoy the numerous pollinators they attract from spring through summer.
Sow your heirloom five-spot seeds directly into your garden or in containers once all dangers of frost have gone. Temperatures between 55 and 65°F are ideal for five-spot. Start your seeds six to eight weeks before the last spring frost if you live in a zone colder than zone 7. Although heirloom five-spot may thrive in full sun, it prefers partial shade in hotter climates because it is not drought tolerant. Use soil that has been loosened and is weed-free. The pH of the soil should be between 6.5 and 7.5 for five-spot.
While cold stratification isn't essential before planting your five-spot seeds, if you want more uniform results, stratify for two months or germinate the seeds in colder temps for the first three days.
Because heirloom five-spot seeds need sunshine to grow, sow them on the soil's surface without covering them. Apart from maintaining your seed bed weed-free, five-spots require little to no maintenance after they've established themselves. Within seven to thirty days of planting your seeds, they will reach a height of six to twelve inches. Additionally, aphids and powdery mildew are the only pests or diseases that can harm five-spot blooms. If fresh seeds fall onto bare ground, five-spot will die off with the first killing frost and reappear year after year in the same area.
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for heirloom five-spot flower seed, see the Five-spot Seeds Planting Guide.