How to Sow
We have put together this fool-proof and easy guide to how to sow your Meadow Flower seed mixes. These mixes can be sown throughout Australia – if you are in doubt, please call Maurice Kennedy on 0491 606 692. We can now also supply Tasmania and Western Australia with several of our mixes.
Main Sowing Seasons: Autumn & Spring, avoiding frost.
Measure your area in square metres – this will determine the quantity of seed mixes you will need to order. We suggest between 1 and 2 grams per sq. metre. The 2-gram rate will cope with poorer soil & difficult positions or will give you a denser flowering.
The next step is to rid the proposed seedbed of old existing and buried seeds and weeds. We recommend also using Slasher Weedkiller – an organic weedkiller that is safe for the environment. When the existing plants have turned fully yellow remove all the debris * IMPORTANT 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 this treatment again.
To your area add a starter fertiliser and any nutrients that you may have been advised to use. Then dig, rotary hoe and/or scarify and rake the soil to achieve a friable seed bed ready for sowing.
Since the very many 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 Vermiculite (this will keep the seeds warm and attract moisture). To decide how much carrier, you will need, on a sq. metre of clean dry surface spread the carrier by hand, using open fingers spreading left to right and top to bottom until you have a thin layer covering. Measure this amount & multiply by your total sq. metres + 10%. We suggest that, if your area is greater than 200 sq. metres, sow in 100 sq. metre blocks. (To encourage this, we send orders out in 100 gram packs each containing the correct ratio of species.)
Now mix your carrier and seeds together until you feel they are evenly spread. (If you are sowing in 100 sq. metre blocks, pour the 100g packet of seeds in with the correct amount of carrier). Divide the 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 – 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.
Again, divide this contents into two lots 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.
We recommend spreading sugar cane mulch evenly and thinly over the area – avoiding walking directly onto the bare soil. Once covered, it needs to be rolled to make sure the seeds have good soil contact. Use a garden roller or shuffle your feet across the mulch.
Finally, you need to water the seeds – do not over-water, but moisten well – and keep moist until well after germination and beyond. Once you see your seeds germinating again, roll the area to maintain the good seed to soil contact.
Aftercare for your Meadow Flowers
If you are using our Annual with Perennial Mixes, the 1st year belongs to the Annuals and the 2nd year and beyond will see the Perennials Shine. 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. 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.
If at any time you need further help, please call Maurice on 0409 530 506.