Wildflowers are beautiful; they add diversity to your garden and attract all sorts of butterflies. Wildflowers are flowers that are not intentionally planted, but you can get a garden of wildflowers. Planting wildflowers is enjoyable and simple to learn. If you decide to plant a wildflower garden, where do you begin? What do you plant, and how do you maintain your wildflower planting? We’re here to help. Here are some very helpful wildflower planting tips.
1. Selecting a site
The first thing to do when you decide to have a wildflower garden is to select a site. Some people choose to plant in the natural soil while some prefer beds of soil on an elevated surface. This all depends on you and the amount of space you have. If you’re planting in natural soil, you want to make sure the soil is fit for planting (e.g., well-drained).
The next step is to acquire the seeds. It’s better to purchase a seed packet with a mix of seeds. This will give you a more colorful bloom. Secondly, we strongly advise you to pick seeds that are somewhat native to your location. This will ensure they grow properly no matter what. Picking seeds not native to your area may require extra care and expertise; that option may not be advisable for beginners.
3. Soil Preparation
You should rake the soil and make around 2 to 2.5cm wide rows in the soil. This is where the seeds will be placed. You may choose to just scatter the seed, but this will not give you the bloom you desire. If the soil is poor, add manure and compost to boost the soil before raking. It’s advisable to skip fertilizers as wildflowers don’t really need it. If your selected location is infested by weeds, then the weeds must be removed prior to raking.
Drop the seeds in the rows you made with your rake, and then drag the rake across until the sand bears a sort of criss-cross pattern. Make sure the seeds are properly mixed with the sand; however, they should not be completely submerged because they need sunlight.
The best time to plant wildflowers is in the spring or fall. This is because you’ll need to water the plants every day until you start seeing sprouts. Planting wildflowers in the winter will subject them to consistent rain which will drown the plants before they even have a chance to bloom. Make sure the soil is moist but not muddy or visibly teeming with water.
The final wildflower planting tip is to be patient. Wildflower germination takes anywhere between five to thirty days, so exercise some patience.
Wildflowers help with weed control, and when they bloom, butterflies, ladybugs, honey bees, and even some birds will come to visit.