How to Grow Craspedia | Growing Billy Buttons

Learn How to Grow Craspedia (Billy buttons), growing it is easy. ItĀ is native to Australia andĀ belongs to the daisy family. Plant forms the rosette of leaves and yellow spherical flowers that resemble small tennis balls and are very decorative. It blooms year round in warm climates and can grow up to 4 – 24 inches tall, depending on the variety.

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USDA Zones — 9 – 11, * can be grown as annual in other zones

Difficulty — Easy

Other Names — Billy balls, billy buttons, woollyheads and drumstick flower

How to Grow Craspedia

Propagation and Planting

It can be propagated from division or seeds. Propagation from seeds is quick and easy. Sow seeds in spring or in summer. Sprinkle seeds on soil and rake the surface gently to cover the seeds. It takes about 1 -3 weeks for seeds to germinate.

Once the seedlings are ready, dig holes of same depth and twice width of root ball and plant the seedlings, spacing each 10 inches apart.

Position

For growing craspedia (billy buttons) choose a position that is warm, open and receives full sun.

Requirements for Growing Billy Buttons

Sun

Exposure to full sun is required, at least 6 six hours of direct sun helps the plant to bloom profusely.

Soil

Craspedia grows in all types of soil, except acidic and there are no other special requirements. Practically, it is better to grow it in light and well drained soil.

Watering

Caspedia grows in fairly dry but cool soil, so it is better to water only when you find top one inch layer dry.

Craspedia Care

Craspedia is usually a low maintenance plant and doesn’t require special care.

Fertilizer

Growing craspedia doesn’t require application of additional fertilizer however, you can fertilize it once in the beginning of growing season with slow release 7-12-7 fertilizer . While planting, you can incorporate compost or aged manure.

Mulching

As craspedia prefers cool roots, it is better to cover it with a mulch of gravel.

Pests and Diseases

It is resistant to diseases and rarely attacked by a few common pests like spider mites, snails and slugs.

Uses

The plant is used as a decorative plant near borders. You can also plant it in pots and window boxes.



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