Flax - Blue Annual Flax
Linum usitatissimumPale blue flowers atop reedy stems are often grown commercially for fiber or seed. Best seeded in early spring. Prefers cool moist growing conditions followed by a dry late summer. Easy-to-grow in full sun. Hardy to zone 4. Self-seeding annual. ~section~
|Average Seed / oz||Seed / 100' Row||Average Yield / 100' Row||Days to Harvest|
|Planting Season||Ideal Soil Temp||Sun||Frost Tolerance|
|After Last Frost||65-80°F||Full Sun||Frost Sensitive|
|Sowing Method||Seed Depth||Direct Seed Spacing||Seeds Per Packet|
|Mature Spacing||Days to Sprout||Production Cycle||Seed Viability|
Flax is a frost-sensitive annual that prefers full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Flax thrives in cool, moist growing conditions.
Flax can be direct seeded outdoors in spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Optimal soil temperatures for germination are 65-80°F. Sow seeds 1/8" deep. Seeds will germinate in 20-25 days. Thin seedlings so mature plants are 4-6" apart. Flax readily self-seeds year after year.
If growing for fiber, harvest flax stems before seeds fully mature (120-140 days). Allow some plants to set seed to ensure flax plants the following year.