I really enjoy wildflower seed mixes that feature a mix of 15 or more seed types in a single box. These variety mixes are an easy way to get a instant “cottage garden” look without the need of having to purchase 15 different seed packets.
The one problem in using a seed mix like this is figuring out which of the emerging seedlings are actually wildflowers and which ones are weeds. This is why I finally started growing my wildflower mixes in pots first which are later transplanted into the ground once they’ve reached a height of 6″ or more. Planting wildflowers seeds in pots is really quite easy to do. Here’s how it’s done:
To start your wildflower seed mix, you will need a container of mixed seeds, high quality potting mix and an assortment of pots. Peat pots are best, though recycled pots will also work. Also needed is a spray bottle filled with water.
Planting the seeds
Loosely fill the peat pots with potting mix, water, and let the soil settle for a few minutes. Lightly sprinkle a “pinch” of seeds on the top of the potting mix and press. Spritz with water and set aside in a warm sunny window. During this time, it’s important to keep the soil moist but not soggy.
Germination will occur anywhere between 7-14 days depending on the type of seeds found in the wildflower mix. Continue to water the pots regularly.
After the final spring frost of the year, harden the wildflowers for a week or so before planting them into the ground. Hardening means to bring them outdoor for a couple of hours on the first day, and then increasing the time incrementally.
Depending on the type of wildflowers you’ve purchased, (shady mix vs sunny area) follow the instructions for location. Since I plant my wildflower mix in peat pots, I plant them directly into the ground and then water in. Wildflower seeds that have been sown in terracotta pots or recycled plastic pots will have to be removed from the pot first by tilting the pot slightly upside down.
This method of starting the wildflowers in pots first removes the guesswork of which seeds are flowers and which ones are pesky weeds. While it’s not as fun as scattering a whole box of seeds to see what turns up, it does makes identifying (and removing) the weeds a whole lot easier.
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