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The time is now!

The time is now! It's the season to scatter! This is one of the best moments of the year to be popping seed balls everywhere! It's as easy as One, Two, Bee!!

So, here's a quick starter guide for growing your wildflowers:

  • How do I scatter seed balls and how many do I need?

Seed balls can be scattered on top of soil or compost in your garden, and ideally in a nicely sunny spot. For grassy areas it's best to remove a layer of top-soil before scattering seed balls, as grass can out compete some flower species. Once scattered you do not need to touch the seed balls, just let nature do the work. They will naturally begin to break down and the seeds will start to take root. You do not need to water seed balls if they are outside, but watering will certainly speed up germination and early growth. If your seed balls are inside or under cover then you will need to water them every 1-2 days.

As a guide we recommend that you'll need at least twenty seed balls per square meter (one tin) - the more dense you want your wildflower garden to be, the more you will need. If growing in a small pot, 3 - 5 seed balls will probably be enough. For larger pots or window boxes, 8 - 12 seed balls should do the trick. The more accustomed you become with growing seed balls, the better you'll be at gauging the perfect quantities to use! Remember your wildflowers will get more abundant with each year. If you'd like to plant up a larger area of wildflowers, we also sell 'Make your own meadow' bulk bags.

 

  • Where can I scatter my seed balls?

EVERYWHERE! Directly in garden beds, in pots or window boxes!

We have a range of mixes with species suited for different areas, for example our Plantlife mix has been especially designed for nutrient rich gardens where wildflowers can struggle to thrive, or if you want to attract more wildlife to your garden see our #wildflowers4wildlife range designed with the Natural History Museum, London, for bats, beetles and birds!

If you're thinking of starting a garden meadow then check out these excellent resources from Plantlife to help get you started!

 

  • When can I scatter my seed balls?

NOW!! Seed balls can be scattered at any time of the year, but Spring and Autumn are the optimum times to align with natural growing patterns - so get scattering!

 

  • What flowers am I growing?

Wild flowers are not speedy growers, so it may take a few weeks before you see some sprouts. If you're not sure what is what when they do start sprouting, then take a look at our ID guide that contains some of the most common species in our range. Make sure you investigate all parts of the plant, the flower (if already present), the leaves, the stem and the overall structure to make sure your identification is more accurate. There are some fantastic books if you are looking for more in depth information: the Collins Flower Guide or the Collins Wild flower Guide provide a comprehenive overview, and Wild flowers is a great quick reference. For online materials, try the excellent resources from #wildflowerhour and join a community of wildflower enthusiasts!

 

  • Who can scatter seed balls?

EVERYONE!! Seed balls are a super easy way to get into gardening without any prior knowledge. It's a great family activity to decide where you are going to grow wildflowers, and then to scatter the seed balls. You can keep an eye out for what flowers start to grow first, and who comes to visit them!

 

  • Why should I grow wildflowers?

There are so many reasons to grow wildflowers! Not only will they provide an appealing display of colour for your outdoor space, but they are also an excellent resource for local pollinators and wildflower populations. Since the Second World War the UK has lost 97% of its wildflower habitats - you can help to reverse this by giving wildflowers a little space in your area! Let's bring these habitats back, and all the species that come with them. It's time to become a #wildflowerwarrior!

 

If you have more questions try our FAQs page, or get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Photo by Gill Hickman

 


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The time is now!

The time is now! It's the season to scatter! This is one of the best moments of the year to be popping seed balls everywhere! It's as easy as One, Two, Bee!!

So, here's a quick starter guide for growing your wildflowers:

  • How do I scatter seed balls and how many do I need?

Seed balls can be scattered on top of soil or compost in your garden, and ideally in a nicely sunny spot. For grassy areas it's best to remove a layer of top-soil before scattering seed balls, as grass can out compete some flower species. Once scattered you do not need to touch the seed balls, just let nature do the work. They will naturally begin to break down and the seeds will start to take root. You do not need to water seed balls if they are outside, but watering will certainly speed up germination and early growth. If your seed balls are inside or under cover then you will need to water them every 1-2 days.

As a guide we recommend that you'll need at least twenty seed balls per square meter (one tin) - the more dense you want your wildflower garden to be, the more you will need. If growing in a small pot, 3 - 5 seed balls will probably be enough. For larger pots or window boxes, 8 - 12 seed balls should do the trick. The more accustomed you become with growing seed balls, the better you'll be at gauging the perfect quantities to use! Remember your wildflowers will get more abundant with each year. If you'd like to plant up a larger area of wildflowers, we also sell 'Make your own meadow' bulk bags.

 

  • Where can I scatter my seed balls?

EVERYWHERE! Directly in garden beds, in pots or window boxes!

We have a range of mixes with species suited for different areas, for example our Plantlife mix has been especially designed for nutrient rich gardens where wildflowers can struggle to thrive, or if you want to attract more wildlife to your garden see our #wildflowers4wildlife range designed with the Natural History Museum, London, for bats, beetles and birds!

If you're thinking of starting a garden meadow then check out these excellent resources from Plantlife to help get you started!

 

  • When can I scatter my seed balls?

NOW!! Seed balls can be scattered at any time of the year, but Spring and Autumn are the optimum times to align with natural growing patterns - so get scattering!

 

  • What flowers am I growing?

Wild flowers are not speedy growers, so it may take a few weeks before you see some sprouts. If you're not sure what is what when they do start sprouting, then take a look at our ID guide that contains some of the most common species in our range. Make sure you investigate all parts of the plant, the flower (if already present), the leaves, the stem and the overall structure to make sure your identification is more accurate. There are some fantastic books if you are looking for more in depth information: the Collins Flower Guide or the Collins Wild flower Guide provide a comprehenive overview, and Wild flowers is a great quick reference. For online materials, try the excellent resources from #wildflowerhour and join a community of wildflower enthusiasts!

 

  • Who can scatter seed balls?

EVERYONE!! Seed balls are a super easy way to get into gardening without any prior knowledge. It's a great family activity to decide where you are going to grow wildflowers, and then to scatter the seed balls. You can keep an eye out for what flowers start to grow first, and who comes to visit them!

 

  • Why should I grow wildflowers?

There are so many reasons to grow wildflowers! Not only will they provide an appealing display of colour for your outdoor space, but they are also an excellent resource for local pollinators and wildflower populations. Since the Second World War the UK has lost 97% of its wildflower habitats - you can help to reverse this by giving wildflowers a little space in your area! Let's bring these habitats back, and all the species that come with them. It's time to become a #wildflowerwarrior!

 

If you have more questions try our FAQs page, or get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Photo by Gill Hickman

 


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