We supply single species and mixes of wildflowers and grasses suitable for various soil types and situations, sourced from UK growers.
September is a good month to sow your wildflower seeds.
- Rake up the ground where you want to sow the seeds, removing weeds and stones.
- Mix the seed with dry sand so you can see where you’ve sown
- To help you sow at the correct rate as recommended for your mix, mark out a grid with canes or string.
- Broadcast the seeds across each sector as evenly as possible by hand.
- Gently firm (press) the seeds into the soil without burying the seeds.
- Water the seed in. If the weather is dry, water the patch once a week.
Perennial mixes that take awhile to become established but flower year on year, are best sown on poorer soils, with reduced competition from grasses. Annual mixes (cornfield) need richer soils; these typically flower their first summer after sowing. Sowing at different times prompts different species to flourish; autumn sowing favours red field poppy whereas spring favours corn chamomile for example.
It is often recommended to sow yellow rattle amongst the mix, especially on established swards. This semi-parasitic plant feeds off the nutrients in the roots of surrounding grasses, supressing their growth and allowing the wildflowers to establish. You can sow your wildflower mixes without yellow rattle. You may need to clear and prepare the ground more thoroughly before sowing, or maintain the seed bed afterwards, removing pernicious weeds and unwanted species as they appear.