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Wildflower Growing Guide

Wildflower Growing Guide

Create your very own native wildflower meadow with our helpful wildflower growing guide. Here, we offer advice on how to prepare your soil for the seed and how to maintain your perennials and annuals.

How to prepare for Wildflower Sowing

  1. Remove  the top existing vegetation such as grasses, weeds or any plants in the targeted area (alternatively lift the turf for the same effect)
  2. Using a garden fork or rotavator, break up the topsoil to make a fine seedbed
  3. Allow 2-6 weeks and spray or hoe any weeds that appear during this time
  4. Rake over and roll to a firm and fine tilth

When to plant wildflowers

The best time to sow your wild flower meadow is in the Spring, from mid-March to late May, then again from early August to the beginning of October.

  1. For a straight wildflower seed mix sow at 1-2g per m²
  2. For a grass seed and wildflower seed mix sow at 5g per m²
  3. Mix seed with sand or fresh soil to help spread the seed evenly
  4. Broadcast the seed mixture by hand (alternatively for large areas use a lawn fertiliser spreader)
  5. Sow half the seed across the section from left to right. Then sow the other half from top to bottom. This will ensure even coverage
  6. Immediately after sowing gently rake over, making sure not to cover the seed more than 10mm and tread in or roll in the plant seed to get maximum contact with the soil.

How to Maintain Perennial Wildflowers

  1. In the first year of sowing cut the meadow every two months or when the meadow reaches 15cm to a height of approx. 5cm until September - October.
  2. Ensure that you collect the mowings - It is important to remove all debris as you do not want the nutrients from the plants going back into the soil, as this will increase soil fertility. Removing the debris will also allow light to reach the wildflowers to encourage new growth
  3. In subsequent years, take the first cut down to 7.5cm in March/April. The second cut should be taken in August - October making sure to remove all cuttings

How to Maintain Annual Wildflowers

If Autumn sown, once the flowering period is over and any potential seed shed has occured, cut around August/ October and remove the debris. This will help to reduce weed competition.

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