The annual wildflower meadows will give you many months of vibrant blooms with only a moderate amount of continuing attention.
A perennial wildflower meadows will give you many years of pleasure. Follow our ‘maintenance instructions’ after the initial sowing.
How Establish Your Wildflower Meadows?
This proven procedure applies to both Annual and Perennial Sowing Mixes
Choose a sunny northeast to northwest facing, relatively level and well drained area.
The Temperate Zone (the green area) is suitable for sowing Meadow Flowers
It ranges from just north of Noosa down the Eastern Seaboard to South Australia.
(Unfortunately we cannot send seed mixes to either Western Australia or Tasmania because of border restrictions.)
Annual Mixes From (after heavy frost) spring until early summer
Perennials. Any time other than June to August. Autumn is best
Spring Flowering Sow in Autumn
Preparing your site:
Measure the area in square metres, this will determine the quantity of seed mixes you will need to order. We recommend that 1 gram will cover 1 sq.mtr
For large areas arrange for a soil test. This will give you a clear picture of the existing state of your soil and any remedies needed.
This next step is to rid the future seed bed of old existing and buried seeds and weeds. Then treat with ‘Round Up’ and when the treated plants have turned fully yellow remove all the debris.
For the future success of your meadow flowers, clearing the existing bed of unwanted seeds is of the utmost importance. So consider allowing time to repeat the treatment again.
This good preparation will help you achieve a great result.
To your area add a starter fertiliser and any nutrients that may have been advised by your soil test. Then dig, rotary hoe and/or scarify and rake the soil to achieve a friable seed bed ready for sowing.
Since the very many species (varieties) in the mix contain tiny seeds (e.g. 9,000 poppy seeds to 1 gram how small is that) you will you need a carrier, to ensure an even distribution of these varieties. Use either, Dry River sand, or for the home gardener I suggest Vermiculite, this will keep the seeds warm and attracts moisture.
Pour the carrier (sand or Vermiculite) into a suitable container.
Open the packet of seed and empty ALL OF THE CONTENTS into the container.
Now hand mix again and again until you are sure that all of the many species in the mix are evenly spread throughout the carrier.
Because the seeds are heavier than the carrier, you will need to wet the mix with a fine spray of water until it is fairly damp, not wet. Now the seeds will be clinging to the carrier.
Now mix again and again. This will also continue to ensure the even spread of the species.
Then take half of the damp mix and spread over the entire area, then take the other half and spread that over the area in the opposite direction. We call this “cross hatching”.
You can use your hands or a suitable sieve or cooking shaker to do the spreading.
This should ensure a good even spread of all the species.
Practice this cross hatching first, with just the carrier on 1m2 of clean dry hard surface, until you feel confident, because you will not get a 2nd chance if you make a mistake and the seeds are in the soil.
This will also help you to decide how much carrier you will need to cover your total area.
Cover the seeds with a fine layer of top soil and a layer of sugar cane mulch. This will protect them from the hot sun and drying winds.
It is essential that you now roll the area to ensure that the seeds have good contact with the soil.
If you have not got the use of a roller, use your feet to firm up the surface.
Now water the area with a fine spray.
Keeping the seeded area moist is most important.
It is so vital that you may have to water twice a day, if there is a continuing hot sun.
Once you see your seeds germinating, again roll the area to maintain that GOOD SEED TO SOIL CONTACT.
AFTER CARE For Annual Meadows
In the early developing stages, if you haven’t got irrigation soak them well, once or twice a week.
You can ease off later but if they show early signs of drooping, give them a soaking.
You should remove any weeds and grasses, by hand.
However, if grasses become a real problem, at any stage, then use the chemical herbicide, Fusilade Forte 128EC
This will only kill the grasses leaving your Meadow Flowers room to bloom.