Meadow Seed Advice Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

This blend contains native annual wildflower seed and perennial wildflower seeds, which will be perfect for attracting bees, butterflies and other useful native insects and pollinators.

 

Ox-eye Daisy (leucanthemum vulgare)           Meadowgrass (poa pratensis)
Rough Hawkbit (leontodon hispidus)            Cornflower (centaurea cyanus)  
Knapweed (centaurea nigra)                  Salad Burnet (sanuisorba minor)
Corn Cockle (agrostemma githago)                Cowslip (primula veris)
White Campion (silene alba)                  Corn Chamomile (anthemis arvensis)
Red Campion (silene dioica)                  Yarrow (achillea millefolium)
Ladies Bedstraw (galium verum)                Ribwort Plantain (plantago lanceolata)
Self Heal (prunella vugaris)                  Wild Carrot (daucus carota)
Corn Marigold (chrysanthemum segetum)     Yellow Rattle (rhinanthus minor)
Meadow Buttercup (ranunculus acris)            Field Poppy (papaver rhoeas)
Common Sorrel (rumex acetosa)

Sow from May to November but if sowing later in the year you would be expecting them to germinate the following year.

 

If sowing into a lawn.  Wildflowers like poor soil so if you are looking to do this at a time in the future stop feeding your lawn, if you are doing it now don’t feed again.  Strim the lawn very low and also create bald patches, your aiming to create a 50% area of bald patches to 50% harshly trimmed grass.  Once you have done this sprinkle the seed on the bald patches and then sprinkle soil over.  Note!  Do not use compost or enriched soil as ideally the seed likes poor soil.  Water in with a fine spray so you do not wash the seed around and take any necessary measures to keep cats and birds off.  Keep the soil damp in dry summer spells watering as necessary depending on weather and your seedlings should start to appear in roughly a couple of weeks.  If sowing late in the year water once and leave them as they will be dormant until the spring.

 

With regard to the Yellow Rattle the seed will need to be in direct contact with the soil and see 3 months average temperature below 5 degrees to germinate in March.  Yellow rattle when it germinates its roots will search out grass roots and latch onto them (it parasitic) and take up to 60%  of the nutrients and moisture from the grass making it weak and eventually die back hence its country name meadow maker as it creates patches where wildflowers can grow without being smothered by grass.

If sowing in pots or containers.

Use ideally poor soil with good drainage in the bottom of the pot, do not add any compost or feed.  Sprinkle on the seed and then sprinkle a thin layer of soil over, water in and put in a sunny position and water as needed.  Your seeds should germinate in about 2 weeks depending on weather.  If sown late in the year water once and leave to over winter as the seeds will be dormant until spring.