Choose From Our Individual Northern California Wildflower Seeds:
Tips On When And Where To Plant Wildflower Seeds
Sowing wildflower seeds is one of the simplest forms of gardening, fun do
do with kids and a rewarding activity for gardeners of all ages. A few
simple steps will increase your success in wildflower gardening.
First, find out what your gardening zone is. Take a look at our
Don't plant wildflowers when frost is still a danger in the early months
of the year, or when frost is about to set in near year's end. In most
regions, the optimal planting time for wildflowers begins as soon as all
danger of frost has past and warmer days are ahead.
Do you live in California, Florida or southern Texas? Times of frost
are minimal in your area, and you can plant wildflowers in all but the
coldest weeks of the year, or the very hottest part of summer. In
California, most gardeners plant their wildflower seed in the early winter,
so that it is sitting there ready for the first rains to wake it up! In
Florida, however, fall is a better time to plant wildflower seeds.
Are you in a rainy corner of the country? Plant before your local rainy
season begins, ensuring that your wildflowers will have plenty of time to
germinate and establish themselves before summer heat hits in.
In many parts of the country, both annual and perennial wildflower seeds
will become permanent parts of the garden, growing either via reseeding or
by living on from year to year on their own roots.
If you aren't sure about your zone or optimal wildflower planting time,
you can contact your local Ag Department.
How To Plant Your Wildflower Seeds
To ensure even sowing of wildflower seeds, try mixing sand or vermiculite
with 1/2 the amount of seeds you've purchased. Sow by scattering this
throughout the desired area, and then go back over the area with the
plain seed (not mixed with sand or vermiculite). This will help you to
avoid a patchy look.
Don't rake or cover your wildflower seeds with dirt. Instead, after
you've finished scattering the wildflower seed, simply walk over the area
in your shoes - or barefoot if you're a nature-loving guy or gal! This will
gently compress the seeds into the soil without burying them.
If you're expecting rain within a week or so of sowing your wildflower
seed, there is no need to water. But, if you live in a dry area or can't
count on rain, mist the wildflower seed growing area with a hose or gentle
sprinkler. Keep the seed bed moist until the little plants are established
or rain is falling on its own without help from your garden hose!
Germination times are unique to each variety with some appearing in as
little as a week and others taking many weeks to germinate. Be patient
- each variety will start growing at the time that is right for it.
Each fall, you will need to do an annual mowing of your wildflower
garden. Set your mower to high and go over the entire area. And that's all
you need to do. Unlike other types of gardening where you are buying
starts or established plants and putting them in specific places,
wildflower gardening comes with a built-in element of adventure. You will
sow your seeds just where you want them this year, but Mother Nature may
give you some surprises next year when she resows the seeds and comes up
with a whole new work of living art for your enjoyment!