The Dummies Guide to Sowing Wildflower Meadow Seeds

A photo of our best-selling Amazing All-round Mix made up of 46 species of annuals and perennials.

If there’s anything you should take from this guide it should be this – sowing meadow flowers seeds is easy. So long as you follow these steps carefully and don’t rush, you will soon have your very own beautiful meadow of wildflowers, however big or small. We have carefully selected hardy flower species so our mixes can be sown throughout Australia – but do get in touch if you have any questions.

Growing your meadow flowers

Your wildflower seeds should be planted in either Autumn or Spring – this ensures you avoid the frost that will stop your seeds from growing. So let’s get sowing! But, before we start, here’s one more small but very important top tip – do not open the seed packet until all preparations have been done and you are ready to sow!

1. Measure your area

The first step you need to do is measure your area in square metres so you know how much seed mix you need. We recommend 1-2 grams per sq. metre. If you want a denser flowering or have poor soil/difficult positions, we suggest leaning towards 2 grams.

2. Clean your area

This next step may seem unnecessary, but it’s VERY important for the success of your flowers. Before you sow your seeds you need to remove whatever plants and weeds are there. To do a thorough job of this, we recommend using Slasher, an organic weedkiller that’s safe for the environment – this will kill the old plants which you then remove after a week or two.

3. Prepare the soil

Once your soil is free from weeds and other plants, give it a good dig, turning it over so that the soil becomes looser and more friable. As with any sowing, we suggest adding a starter fertiliser to your soil too – this will really help to give your seeds an extra push.

4. Measure the carrier

Many of the seeds in our mixes are tiny – you get 9,000 poppy seeds to just 1 gram! Because of this, it can be difficult to sow them evenly, leaving with you areas thick with flowers, and others empty! To prevent this from happening, you can mix you seeds with what is know as a ‘carrier’. We recommend using Dry River Sand or Vermiculite. To decide how much you’ll need, on a sq. metre of clean/dry surface, spread the carrier out until you have a thin layer covering the area. Gather this up and measure it – multiple this by your area’s total sq. metres + 10%. Now mix this carrier with your seeds.

5. Sow the seeds

Divide this contents into two, putting half in one container (container A), and half in another container (container B). Take container A and with a fine hand spray, damper the contents with water – as you spray, continue mixing by hand until all the contents are damp, but not wet. The seeds will now be evenly distributed within the carrier.

Divide this content into two lots again – and with an open hand, spread one lot from left to right, and the other lot from top to bottom for an even distribution. Now repeat this same process with container B – spray the seeds, divide into 2, sow top to bottom, sow left to right.

Finally, you need to water the seeds – don’t over water them, but moisten well.

See, that really wasn’t too bad, was it? Take your time, follow the steps carefully – and the amazing blooms you will get will be worth it!


If you have any questions with any of these steps, please get in touch – we love to hear from and help our customers. Call us on 0491 606 692 or email us at meadowflowers@outlook.com.au