(as of Sep 28,2021 10:15:19 UTC – Details)
Plant the Wildflower Meadow of Your Dreams!
When to Plant
Spring Planting: Best within a month or so after the final frost. The exact date varies based on region. Don’t plant to early, if seeds are sown prior to a late-season frost they will not germinate.
Summer Planting: Advisable only for cooler areas where temperatures don’t hover at 80° or more for long periods of time.
Fall Planting: Most people plant in the spring, and that’s fine. But think about it. In the wild, when wildflowers “go to seed” after the flowers fade, that’s when the seed is dropped. It simply falls to the ground and waits for the cycle through winter to spring. So the naturally-planted seed is planted in fall, not in spring. It’s best to wait until frost, then clear the ground of grasses and weeds, just like you would in spring. Use a shovel or rake for a small patch, or a rototiller for a bigger planting, and just spread the seed. It’ll be just fine through the winter, and be up and growing for you in very early spring.
Where to Plant
Average Sunlight: Most wildflowers prefer full sun. Though many wildflowers do tolerate some filtered shade – and a few actually thrive in it – the vast majority are definitely sun-lovers and will likely demonstrate the strongest bloom where exposure is greatest.
Soil Quality: Wildflowers will sprout in all but the most difficult conditions. Pampering your site with fertilizer or rich sod is not usually necessary. In fact, doing so can sometimes achieve the opposite result by inviting unwanted weeds and grasses. Only in the poorest of conditions, where the soil is literally sterile, is using an accelerant advisable.
Water Accessibility: A steady watering source is helpful, but not always necessary. In most regions natural rainfall will be sufficient to provide the water necessary. If you live in a arid region, are planting during drier months, or are experiencing prolonged drought, watering your site every other day for the first few weeks until root growth is established is advised.
How to Prepare Soil & Decide Seed Coverage
Determine Coverage: We generally recommend one standard seeding rate for all wildflower mixtures. See our recommended coverage chart.
Prepare the Soil: This is an absolutely vital step in the installation of any successful wildflower seed project. Though it may sound tempting to randomly cast your seeds into thin air and hope they will sprout, it is simply a waste of time and money to do so on a site that has not been properly prepared for planting. Though wildflower seeds are tenacious by nature – and a few might even persevere under the most inhospitable of circumstances – they, like all seeds, will perform best when rid of noxious weeds and grasses. Prepare your soil by hand or with a roto-tiller for larger jobs.
How to Sow Your Seed
So now you’ve got some sweat on your brow and you’re ready to plant! We recommend mixing your seed with regular “sand box” sand at a ratio of about 5 parts (sand) to 1 part (seed). This allows for a more even distribution and also provides a convenient way to mark which portions of the site have been seeded and which have not. This is not a required method for a successful planting, but most will find it a simple, affordable, and practical step.
1) The Hand-Broadcast Method (for smaller jobs): Simply scattering the seed evenly over the site by hand.
2) The Rotary or “Cyclone” Seeder (for larger jobs). This method accomplishes the same results through the use a hand-cranked spreader that can be purchased relatively cheaply at any garden center.
Eden Brothers has taken the Safe Seed Pledge.
The Safe Seed Pledge
Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners, and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy, sell or trade genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families, or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems, and ultimately healthy people and communities.
DESCRIPTIOIN: The All Perennial Wildflower Mix contains many of the most beloved wildflowers including Lupine, Flax, Coreopsis, Shasta Daisy, Black Eyed Susan plus 10 others varieties. Suitable for all regions of North America, this mix is hard working and will produce a gorgeous display of colorful blooms without needing much of your attention or time. Once you’ve prepared your soil and sowed the seed, Mother Nature will do the rest!
RESULTS: You’ll receive 100% Non-GMO seeds with zero fillers. Many varieties are pollinators & will attract birds, bees & butterflies to your garden.
PLANTING: The All Perennial Wildflower Seed Mix is suitable for all USDA Zones and can be successfully planted at various times throughout the growing season. Spring is the most conventional time of the year to sow flower seed, but successful results can also be achieved by planting in summer in cooler zones. Many gardeners plant perennial wildflowers in the fall to get a jump on spring blooms.
PLANTING: Make sure your dedicated area is in full sun. A general rule of thumb is “the more sun the better.” Little obstruction from trees or other structures like a home or garage is best. Prep the soil: remove unwanted grass and growth, then loosen the soil to create an environment where your seeds will thrive. Time to sow! Mix 1 part seed to 5 parts sand and distribute the mixture evenly over the soil. Finish up by lightly compressing seeds about 1/4 to 1/2 inch to protect them.
WHAT TO EXPECT: As with most perennials, the first season you plant the All Perennial Wildflower Mix you’ll see handful of blooms, not all the blooms. This is normal! Perennial varieties usually show limited germination in their first season after planting, but will bloom to their full potential in the following growing season. You may also see some grasses pop up—these are wildflowers, not roses, so don’t worry when you see some additional sprouts.
CARE: Mow your meadow after the season ends. Remove brush left on top, and prepare for your next blooms. This mix was created to include a wide range of varieties that will bloom at slightly different times. It gives you the widest range of color for the longest season. You’ll see bright yellow, orange, red, purple, white and more. Most wildflowers will bloom in spring and summer, while some varieties will bloom into the fall as well. You can expect thick coverage with amazing results.