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When to sow wild flowers

I bought a mix of wild flower seed to sow my borders, inspired by Swansea cbc who create wild flower strands alongside many stretches of road. Should I sow now and allow natural vernalisation or hold off until next April?



  • DorcasDorcas Posts: 159

    I've scattered seed this week.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,877

    What's in your mix smflyman? 

  • Cornflower poppy daisies clovers rattle cowslips primrose bluebell

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,877

    You can get them sown smflyman. 

    Odd mix. cornflowers and poppies need cultivated soil, Yellow rattle is parasitic on grass and needs sowing into grass (now)image

  • I am sowing a lawn edge where the soil is thin, but the grass keeps encroaching into the open edge every I time I clear it I thought if I sowed now then raked in late March/early April I might get the cornflower/poppy mix to germinate

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,877

    The rattle will be up and germinated by then and might get disturbed but it sounds a nice idea.image

  • Maybe I will keep the rattle separate from the mix and sow it right against the grass edge; keep the mixture for the prepared/raked edge.. Wish me luck and thanks.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,877

    If the rattle is separate, sow it in the grass. It does need grass to live. I misunderstood, I thought it was all in one mix.

  • Ah, right. I did not realise it was an obligate epiphyte. I assumed it could survive alone but parasitised grass when the opportunity presented.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,877

    I've never had it seed and grow anywhere other than in grass. One started in gravel outside the GH but came to nothing

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