If you live in the country, the idea of intentionally cultivating dandelion seeds might appeal to you, particularly if your yard and nearby farm fields are abundant with them. The more you understand about these perennial herbs, the more you respect them, viewing them as more than just a troublesome weed.
Are you aware that dandelion leaves, blooms, and roots are delicious, and that the plant has therapeutic benefits? Early in the growing season, bees and other pollinators depend on them as a nectar supply. Yes, you are correct! The more reason you should consider having it in your lawn or garden.
Propagating Dandelion from Seed
There are about 250 kinds of dandelion, but the “common dandelion” (Taraxacum officinale) is most likely to be found on your lawn and garden. Dandelions are tough plants that may thrive in a variety of less-than-ideal environments.
If you’re cultivating dandelion for meals, you’ll want to nurture it in environments that will produce high-quality, and therefore better-tasting, dandelion greens. I’m referring to the sourness issue when I say “better tasting.” Dandelions have a sour taste to them.
Dandelions can thrive in the sun or the shade, but moderate to full shade produces the best taste greens. Since dandelion roots grow deep, the optimal soil for dandelion seed production is rich, fertile, well-draining, somewhat alkaline, and soft down to 10 inches (25 cm).
Seeds can be purchased from seed manufacturers, or you can try reproducing dandelions from seed by gathering seeds from established plants’ heads once they have transformed into a globe-shaped puffball.
How to Grow Dandelion Seeds
You might be unsure when to plant dandelions in your garden. From early spring until early October, seeds can be planted. For dandelion seed development, a spacing of 6-9 inches (15-23 cm) between plants is advised in rows 12 inches (30 cm) apart.
If you only want to cultivate young salad leaves regularly, spreading seeds more thickly in short rows every few weeks is a viable option. Try cold categorizing your seeds for a week or so before planting dandelion seeds to improve seedling growth.
Because dandelion seeds need light to germinate, don’t immerse them in soil; instead, slightly tamp or drive them into the soil surface. Ensure the planting area is continuously wet throughout the season for excellent germination and a delicious crop. After the seeds are sowed, seedlings should sprout in two weeks.
How Long Does It Take For A Dandelion To Grow From Seeds
To achieve maturity and blossom, new dandelion seedlings need between eight and fifteen weeds. The faster the plant develops and starts flowering, the warmer the environment. The dandelion’s rapid maturation permits multiple generations of the plant to develop in the same season.
The dandelion bloom matures into a large, juicy seed head within nine and fifteen days. This time span is also influenced by the weather. In dry, warm conditions, plant seeds mature more quickly. The growth of dandelions can be slowed by cutting the plants and destroying the blossoms before they fully grown.
Based on the temperature and moisture factors, dandelions develop throughout the growth period, with more activities in the spring and fall. During the summer, seeds are generated.
New Seed Growth
Under warm temperatures and enough humidity, it can take as few as nine weeks from the time a new seed settles on the soil until it yields a healthy seed. The plant can mature from seedling to flower as few as eight weeks. Three generations of dandelions can develop in a thirty-week growing period.