The best time to plant bluebonnets is in the fall, which is any where between the end of August to the beginning of November. Planting in the spring results in the plants growing a certain height and stopping, then laying dormant over winter and flowering the following spring.
Planting in the fall shortens that process and will produce flowers in the following spring.
The key to successful plantings is in good seed-to-soil contact. Few seed types can be sprinkled on the ground and left on the surface and achieve measurable success. All seeds typically need adequate — but not deep — soil coverage in order to grow. The smaller the seed, the shallower it should be planted without being left on the surface. This gives the seed the dual benefits of having the shortest distance to travel to the surface while also being deep enough to retain moisture. These recommendations apply to all three of our bluebonnet varieties, the blue, maroon, and purple.
If you take the time to plan your project and prepare the soil bed, you should have a wonderful display of bluebonnets come spring time.