WHEN TO PLANT WILDFLOWERS
If you are hand-watering or using irrigation, you may plant wildflowers just about anytime of the year.
The natural time to plant, however is early fall, before the first rain or during the early part of the rain
season. The blooming season will begin the following spring, though some perennials may need two
years to take hold.
PLANTING RATES
The amount of seed needed to sow any given area may vary a bit with the type of soil, climate, terrain,
etc. Our recommendations are for fairly flat areas, clear of trees and shrubbery.
Amount of Seed Area Covered
1 oz 150-200 square feet
1 lb 1,000-3,000 square feet
15 lbs One acre, flat terrain
20 lbs One acre, sloping terrain
HOW TO SOW WILDFLOWERS
It is common practice, where accessible, to use a “belly grinder” or drop spreader to spread seeds over
an area. Quite often good results are obtainable by merely scattering the seeds by hand. We suggest
that an inert spreader such as sand or some other inert “carrier” be used, to help spread the seed
evenly. Use a product similar in weight and size to the seed mix. Use a 4:1 ratio, by volume of “carrier”
to seed. If possible, rake in lightly. Most seeds do not need to be laid very deep and, in fact, might
perform more poorly if planted too deep.
SITE PREPARATION
Weed control is very important. Remove as much undesired vegetation from the area as possible.
Wildflowers can be quite hardy, but natural grasses and weeds are some of nature’s most vigorous
plants. Grasses may become thick and matted, and not a good condition under which most wildflowers
can survive.
IF IRRIGATION IS AVAILABLE
All surface areas must be kept continuously moist. This is accomplished with frequent, light watering.
Please do not allow the newly seeded areas to dry out. Once the seeds have germinated and the planted
area looks established, the plants should be gradually weaned from water. Water may be applied with
less frequency, but for longer periods of time; deep watering will encourage deep root growth.
IF NO IRRIGATION IS AVAILABLE
During the rainy months of Fall, Winter, Spring, wildflower seeds are soaked for a long period of time.
During this time, their natural dormancy is broken. The seed germinate and immediately begin to send
down long tap roots. When the warm days of Spring come, they literally burst into bloom!!!!

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