Safflower is an ancient crop with multiple uses. On one hand, it was used for dying fabrics and food. The natural dye gives a yellowing, orange or red colouration. On the other hand, a valuable cooking oil can be pressed from the seeds. You will often find this in supermarket shelves. With their scruffy, bright-orange flower heads, they look great in bouquets. Height reaches up to 70 cm.
Sow in mid-April to mid-May. We recommend direct sowing into the garden bed with rows spaced at 30 cm. Within rows, every 20 cm plant two seeds. Protect crops from birds who seek out the oil-rich seeds. Sunny ground with nutrient-rich soils ensure a bountiful crop. If you want to harvest the seeds for oil pressing, cultivate in plastic tunnels. Wait until the flowers are mature and dry then thrash and separate the oil-heavy seeds from the chaff.
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