Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Growing Wildflowers – Which Flowers are Right for You



Growing wildflowers in a carefree area; field, meadow, or a large area in your yard will provide you with an eye catching garden throughout the summer season.  Wildflowers are not difficult to grow provided you plant flowers that are native to your area.  
I buy wildflower seed from amazon.com

Which Wildflower is Right for You?
There are a variety of wildflowers available the best way to choose the type that is right for your area is to know your growing zone. 

Wildflowers are flowers that grow naturally in your area and thus they are tolerant of your environment. This means if you summers are dry then the natural wildflowers in your area are accustomed to these weather conditions and are drought tolerant. 
 
These flowers come in different heights; some are low growing and these can be planted in a border garden or in a raised garden bed.  Most wildflowers are tall, with stems up to three feet.  These tall beautiful flowers are eye appealing growing in masses in large garden; prairie, cottage or a cutting garden.

There are perennial wildflowers that will return yearly and there are annual wildflowers that will grow for one season and then die back.  They will not return the following summer and you will need to replant.

Choose a wildflower seed that will accommodate your garden needs, buy seeds in packets for small gardens and seeds in bulk to cover large areas of ground. Also choose the flowers that will grow in your sun exposure.  Some flowers are formulated to grow in shady conditions and others are meant to grow in sun. 

Planting
Test your soil before planting as wildflowers grow best in moderate humus dirt that is well-drained.   If your soil is poor, then amend it with organic compost, manure or top soil. For clay based soil then amend this soil with sand and with organic compost.  

Follow the directions as to when to plant. Some flowers are planted in the fall and others in the spring.  Water wildflowers seeds every day.  Seedlings need plenty of water until the roots are established. Best time to water is in the morning.  


Notes:

Fertilize with water applications I like to use miracle grow bloom booster.  A light application of fertilizer when seedlings are about a foot tall is helpful.  Also apply a thin layer of mulch to aid in retaining moisture and to deter weed growth. 



Water newly planted wildflower seeds and seedlings lightly and frequently during germination, then water as needed in the morning.  Generally I water daily with a soaking hose so the water gets to the roots.

If you enjoy watching wildlife; butterflies, hummingbirds then grow a garden of wildflowers.
 


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