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Fall wildflower seed planting will give you an earlier blooming period than spring planting. Keep the soil, where wildflower seeds have been plated, moist during germination, but avoid overwatering after germination.
Some people prefer a well organized, neat landscape, while others enjoy the look of nature. A natural landscape is lovely to behold, but when you are talking about your home garden, it may need a bit of enhancement to achieve the look of nature. Planting wildflower seeds is an easy way to achieve this and it's not difficult if you follow some preplanned steps.
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Choose the wildflower seeds. For a real nature-scape, consider a regional mix with seeds that will grow best in your area (see resources below). You may choose, however, to plant a garden full of a single wildflower, such as African daisies, black-eyed Susans or golden yarrow. A single species of wildflower can make a dramatic show.You may choose to include some native grasses in with your wildflower seeds.
Decide when to plant your wildflower seeds. Your decision will depend on the climate in your location. In very warm areas, such as Florida, California and some of the southern states, plant anytime except when it is very hot (summer). For those areas that experience frost, plant in the spring or fall. If your location has mild summers, planting can be done then, as well.
Prepare the soil. Wildflowers are sturdy and grow in most any soil, naturally, on hillsides, in meadows and in sidewalk cracks. They aren't picky about soil, although they do love sunshine. Dig up the area, loosen the soil and then rake it evenly.
Choose a day with little or no wind to plant your wildflower seeds or you may be planting your neighbor's yard. Divide your seeds in half. In a container, mix half the seeds with gardener's sand (from the nursery or garden center) Scatter the seed mixture, by hand, over the area. Repeat the process with the second half of wild flower seeds. The double seeding improves the chances of not leaving any bare spots.
Use a lawn roller or walk evenly over the seeded area to compress the seeds into the soil. This seed/soil contact is key to wildflower seed germination.
Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.