Pollinator Garden Flower Seed Mix is packed with colour a mix that will always delight in a garden, a chocolate box assortment. Add some double fun, frilled petals and they look like petticoat magic!
Admired by your neighbors these flowers add long-season color and foliage interest to your garden plus the silver leaves also makes a great background to other plants and flowers.
This cholcolate box selection includes all your favorites, mixed colors for a carnival of flowers from Spring to early Summer.
Pollinator Garden Flower Seed includes Baptisia (False Indigo mix) followed by Papaver (Double Poppy mix) and Digitalis (Mixed foxgloves) early summer brings Alcea rugosa (Hollyhocks) and by Summer Hibiscus takes center stage. All have amazing seedheads and should be left for wildlife, goldfinches and bluebirds will be delighted by your fall haul.
Baptisia – Poppy – Foxgloves – Hollyhocks – Hibiscus
Sow seeds in large groups on some bare earth lightly rake in the surface and water seeds regularly during a dry spell. Protect from frost as seedlings, from pests and pets as they mature.
Typically flowering in the second season enjoy the range of foliage, seedheads and flower variation this mix of gardener favored perennials, bi-annuals and annuals, well worth the wait giving many seasons of pleasure. Plant with grasses and pollinator perennials to dramatic effect.
5th Season Interest:
Many of these plants also have attractive seed heads which add another dimension to your garden beds late Summer through Fall. We recomended leaving garden border clean-up till Spring, let the leaves make a natural garden mulch and the dry plant stems protect and help support roots and new growth as warmer weather arrives.
Seed Starter Tips:
*Stratifying seeds helps them take up moisture, softens hard seed shells, and prepares the seed embryo for germination, length of time to stratify varies per seed type an average of 4 weeks should suffice, some seeds 2 weeks would be adequate were others need 3-4 months.
Seeds can be sown directly where they are to flower in Fall (this way they get winter stratification in the soil) or they can be started indoors (*after stratification) requiring some experience or follow my easy sow and grow guide available online.
Average of 25-50+ seeds per pack.
Cold Stratification or Direct Sowing: Recommended. (See Winter Jug Method )
Direct sow seeds in fall and allow seeds to naturally cold stratify. When starting seeds indoors, sow finely and barely cover seeds with soil. I recommend sowing these seeds, direct in Fall on a prepared seedbed or garden container, water well, and protect from winter weather with a fabric fleece if some seeds germinate early. Also known as cold stratitication and can be completed anytime of the year by placing seed packs in a cool drawer of a refrigerator for 4-12 weeks to break seed dormancy.
1) Sow direct in a prepared weed-free seedbed
2) Cold frame sheltered location in small pots outdoors
3) Under lights indoor grow room
4) Bright windowsill with drip tray and propagator cover
I also like to grow in pots this way you can break dormancy, simply by moving the pots around and most seeds germinate in batches, care must be taken when picking out to avoid disturbing emerging seedlings.
Pot young plants on until large enough to plant out, this native plant mix prefers poor soil in full sun.
Full instructions, border design and planting ideas available online by searching igrowhort native-seed-collections.
Native plants maintain balance and provide habitat and eco-systems for resident and migratory wildlife. Due to many years of ecological distruction, development and toxic pollution many native wild flowers aand wildlife are under-threat of extinction.
We all have an important role to play, no matter how small your garden or balcony a few plant pots filled with natives instead of alien ornamentals of gentic hybrids that offer very little to no benefit to feeding insects and birds.
Time to make a small difference on a global scale and encourage our neighbors friends and families to sow a patchwork quilt of native wildflowers like a blanket to protect our sacred planet!
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