Baby Blue Eyes Planting and Care Guide

Baby Blue Eyes Planting and Care Guide

Quick Facts About Baby Blue Eyes

Baby Blue Eyes is an annual ground cover that grows in USDA zones 3 through 9. It is a prolific bloomer and the blooms are excellent at attracting various pollinators. It readily self-seeds when the flowers die, making it likely to return each year with new plants.

These planting instructions will also work for Nemophila Baby Black Eyes or also called Pennie Black.

Planting Time

Baby Blue Eyes seeds can be started directly outdoors in the early spring once all danger of frost has passed. In regions with mild winters, these seeds can even be started in late February or early March.

Planting Location

Baby Blue Eyes thrive in full sun to partial shade and in fertile, moist, well-draining soil. Baby Blue Eyes can be a container plant or a edging ground cover in the garden. The plant does not transplant well, so plant the seeds where it will continue to grow.

How to Plant Baby Blue Eyes

  • Work the soil to a depth of 6 - 8 inches
  • Add compost to improve the soil
  • Sow the seeds and cover with 1/8 inch of soil
  • Keep the seeds moist for germination
  • Thin seedlings to about 6 inches apart
  • Pinch the seedlings once or twice to encourage a bushier growth habit

Care And Maintenance

  • Baby Blue Eyes plants need consistent irrigation to establish
  • Once established, the plants can withstand some dry conditions
  • The plants benefit from some water soluble fertilizer applications througout the season
  • The plants are known to self-sow freely