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When you think of landscapes and hillsides that are covered with lupines they are Lupine, Arroyo Wildflowers. Lupine, Arroyo Wildflower.Lupine, Arroyo Wildflower is an annual wildflower in much of western California, parts of Arizona and Baja California. It usually grows in open areas, coastal prairies and grasslands below 2000 feet in elevation. Arroyo Lupine is the largest of native annual lupines. Like all annuals, it completes its entire life cycle in less than a year. Like all lupines, the seed of this one is large and hard. Many soak the seed before planting to soften the seed coat. Others recommend scratching the seed with sandpaper or a file to help the hard seed coat break after planting. Nobody does any of this in the wild, of course, so it is not required, however these treatments may improve development. Once germinated, lupines must form a tap root before blooming well, and this means a preference for sandy or otherwise loose soils. With heavier soils, they will develop, but it will simple take longer. Zones 3-10. Needs full sun prefers loose sandy soil. Height 2 feet.
Tips On When And Where To Plant Wildflower Seeds
First, find out what your gardening zone is. Take a look at our zoning information. 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
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!