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Hi all, I got given a lovely pack of mixed wildflower meadow seeds for Christmas, and I'm wondering about the best use for them? I have a large patch of ground where we have recently removed a fir tree, and I was planning on creating a mini wildflower meadow there as I've been advised they like poor soil. Should I just scatter the seeds and hope for the best???
hi bookwormy i think its a hit or miss with the seeds i have scattered,then raked them in i have done all sorts spents pounds on them,so if you are lucky then let me know your secret.and yet nature does it perfectly
What are the seeds in the mix? If I was growing perennials for planting in grass I'd go down the plugs (or larger), route. If I was sowing a hay meadow from scratch I'd sow everything in weedfree soil in the autumn. If I was growing an annual cornfield mix (cornflowers, poppies, corncockle etc. I'd sow direct into cultivated soil
Thanks guys - I'm going to try a bit of both - sow some straight in and others in seed trays - fingers crossed!!
You need to be sowing them now. Everything will be hardy, no heat required. Some, eg cowslips, really like a chilling but they'll probably get one before the real spring. If the ground is ready go for direct sow. They won't all germinate at the same time, if in trays you'll be trying to prick out the fast growing ones without disturbing the just germinated or not germinated.
Mixes of anything in trays are a real pain at pricking out time.
Thanks Nutcutlet - I'll get on to that this weekend!
I'd put some grit on top. It holds in the moisture so you don't have to water so much. 12 days would be a very quick germination. None of them need warmth, A lot of the cow parsley family need a chill, but I don't know specifically about cow parsley, that was here when we came and looks after itself. (Rather too well)