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Is it possible to grow wild flower seed mix in pots for summer instead of bedding plants ?

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  • GrannybeeGrannybee Posts: 330
    I suppose you could do - I grew bird's foot trefoil in pots last year and they are coming up now. The soil has to be quite poor, not rich compost. I used old/spent compost and lots of grit. 
  • FireFire Posts: 18,946
    edited March 2022
    I would pick the mix quite carefully. And be careful with the size of the container. I grew a wild flower mix in a metre by metre grow bag type set up which worked pretty well.
    If you get tall plants like ox eyes, campion (which are sometimes included in native mixes) they might risk flopping and fighting in a smaller pot.


    Keep the seeds well watered so they don't dry out over the summer. When hot, that might mean watering every day.
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,299
    If there's plenty of wildflowers in other gardens, you'll gets some appearing in your pots anyway
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • HortusHortus Posts: 43
    Is it possible to grow wild flower seed mix in pots for summer instead of bedding plants ?

    Yes you can. On last years GW there was a chap who designs wildlife friendly gardens and he was growing birds foot treffoil in a pot. I did the same and it has come back this spring. If you are like me and do not have the space for a wildflower patch, then this is a great option. The advantage of using a pot is that you can place it where you and the wildlife can enjoy it best, you provide the perfect soil, moisture and growing conditions for it and it is unlikely to spread. Certainly give it a go. The wildlife will love you for it. 
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