I have read and seen more interest in wildflowers in the last few years, so I think it’s time to add my money.
I watched desperately as some of my friends made beds of wild flowers in their backyards and with the biggest, ugliest weed places I had ever seen. Why do they use weeds instead of wildflowers?
First, they are armed with a lack of good information, and two believe that planting beautiful flowers is so easy that a child can do it. Indeed, a child can do it with great success. But only if this child is very lucky or has a basic understanding of how to plant flowers and achieve extraordinary success.
In the next few minutes, I want to give you good enough information so that you can successfully plant a beautiful expanse of wildflowers and let your neighbors hang on the fence to ask you how you did it.
First of all, you need to find out what colorful wildflowers look like to live. They prefer a large open space with sunlight at least 8 hours a day. Indeed, they are sun worshipers. They also like that the soil is rich in nutrients and well drained. They don’t like solid floors and don’t like to moisturize their shoes, only for a short time.
If you have an area that tends to get wet, wild flowers aren’t the answer.
Wildflowers can be used for weed control and with great success. But you have to start wildflowers, otherwise weeds will keep the area “wildflower free”. Weeds and wild flowers are sun worshipers, so whoever reaches the top wins first. Nothing will grow well without enough sunlight. If you make use of this, you can have a nice wild flower bed that requires a little care.
The secret lies in preparing the right bed. You need to make beds that are free of weeds as much as possible. You can do this by removing all vegetation from the area where you plan to plant, and then preparing the soil for planting by cultivating or cutting to a depth of at most one inch. Don’t disturb the soil deeper, otherwise you will only disturb the resting weed seeds that are just waiting to be brought back to the surface so they can grow. You should consider spraying existing vegetation with Roundup before removing it. This kills all the roots that might still be in the ground.
Remember that you need to spray weeds or grass with Roundup for at least three days before disturbing them. If you believe that there are a large number of weed seeds near the surface in the area you chose, you can leave the soil for about six days after planting and then process them again. Do this repeatedly, but do not cultivate the soil to a depth of more than one inch. The longer you continue this process, the better for you to free the bed as freely as possible.
Most weed seeds germinate fairly quickly. So if you bring them to the surface through your growing efforts, give them a chance to germinate. However, if you cultivate the soil again after six days, you actually stop the germination process and the seeds are gone. The longer you continue the process, the fewer weed seeds are suitable for processing. Of course, additional seeds continue to explode, so it’s not realistic to believe that you can make a stretch of planting that is free of weed seeds.
The most important aspect of this process is making your bed as ready as possible, at the ideal time to plant wildflowers. The secret to success is planting wildflower seeds at an ideal time so they immediately take off to grow and defeat weeds in their own game.
Right time? It depends on where you live. If you are in zones one through six, you should plant in spring. If you are in zones seven through 11, you may have to plant in fall.
Wildflower seeds like warm soil. They germinate best with soil temperatures of 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. So, if you live in a cooler area, you have to wait until later in the spring to plant. There is no point in planting when the soil temperature is 45 degrees and the seeds are only there while a few weed seeds germinate. It is far better to continue to order the floor as described above, while the floor temperature rises to 68 degrees.
I’ll say it again in case you missed it before. Till the ground no more than 1 inch.
Now to plant wildflower seeds.
The best way to plant wildflower seeds is to spread them with a small hand sprayer or apply them in a way that mimics this technique. For optimal coverage, you must mix the seeds with dry sand, vermiculite, or a pan to increase volume before spreading. It is much easier to distribute evenly five kilograms of grain material over an area of more than 8 ounces.
When distributing seeds in a straight line, going from one end of the bed to the other. Do the same from the side of the bed with a cross stitch pattern to the first step that you have done. This gives you a complete and even distribution. Therefore, before starting, you need to mix seeds with several types of fillers so that you have enough volume to work and can cover the area perfectly and evenly.
I encourage you to visit www.wildseedfarms.com and request a catalog or call their toll-free number. 1-800-848-0078. This company publishes one of the most complete and informative catalogs I have ever seen. You have color photos of each variety along with good descriptions. They even tell you what percentage of the seed you can germinate, and this varies from one variety to another. Therefore, they include this information for each variety.
They also tell you how long each variety needs to germinate and what is the ideal soil temperature. They tell you how many seeds in each pack, how many seeds per kilogram, and how many seeds you need to cover an area. Wildflower seeds have a germination period of 6 to 28 days, so you should consider this when planning your garden. If you choose a variety with a germination time of 28 days, you must choose a second variety with a much faster germination time and mix it before sowing.
If you only sow seeds with a germination period of 28 days, weeds will jump into wild flowers and you will probably have a weed garden. If you mix seeds with different germination periods, seeds that germinate more quickly emerge very quickly and function as harvesting seeds for seeds that need more time, with weeds and birds resting until all seeds can germinate.
Good luck with your wildflower garden! Have fun.