Frequently Asked Questions
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is possible to sow Wildflower seeds directly outdoors onto a carefully
prepared seed bed. However, it is usually preferable to sow into trays
of seed compost. If you do this please try to use one of the brands
of `Peat-free` composts now available. This is important because the
commercial extraction of peat is threatening our peat bogs.
Wild flower seeds can generally be sown at any time of year. However, it is best to avoid periods of drought or very waterlogged conditions. Varieties requiring stratification are best sown in trays of seed compost in the autumn and placed outside for germination the following spring.
is no hard and fast rule as to how long Wildflower seeds take to germinate.
Some types will do so quite readily, whilst others can take a long time.
However, germination of certain wild flower seeds can be improved by
applying special treatments notably:-
You may also find that certain varieties germinate best in different types of compost e.g. seeds of wetland plants will often germinate well in coir based compost, whereas the seed of Heather would require a low Ph (acid based) compost.
The following varieties of Wildflower seed should be sown directly outside onto soil and not in trays of compost :- Corn Poppy, Corn Marigold, Cornflower, Long Headed Poppy, Wild Pansy, Yellow Rattle, Sweet Cicely, Violet and Meadow Saxifrage. Yellow Rattle should always be sown together with seeds of grass on which it is a partial parasite. For further information on Wild Flower propagation please contact us for expert advice on 01452 311525.
Small Wild Flower seeds should be sown straight onto the surface of the soil or compost and left uncovered. Larger seeds should be covered with a light layer of compost or soil.