How To Grow Wildflowers In Pots or Indoors November 15 2017
So you want to grow wildflowers in pots? Follow these simple steps ...
- Planting Time? - Planting outdoors in a container? Check for your last frost date and plant after your date passes. Otherwise, plant 10 weeks before the first winter frost comes in the fall. You can plant anytime you can ensure at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight each day will contact your flowers.
- Locate Sunny Spot - Choose a spot in your house, maybe a South or West facing window that gets 6 or more hours of direct sun a day. Or plant in a sunny spot outside.
- Acquire Supplies
- Pot / Container - Acquire a pot at least least 4-6" in diameter.
- Soil - A bag of potting soil if possible, or simply composted soil.
- Seeds - You can use Seedles, wildflower seed balls. Or you can purchase wildflower seeds locally.
- Add Compost - Fill the pot or container 3/4 with soil, until the soil comes up to 1-2" below the top. Ensure the soil uncompacted and has proper aeration.
- Plant Seeds - Mix the seeds with a bit of compost, then spread lightly across the surface. Add a small dusting of compost to any uncovered seeds. Careful only to allow them to be buried between 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch deep. Do not bury them deeply, they will not be strong enough to grow out and sprout. Plant Wildflower Seedles approximately 2-4 per square foot and only half-way into the soil. Plant plain wildflower seeds at a density that is indicated on the seed package.
- Pack Soil - Gently press down the soil to firm it up a bit and ensure the compost is contacting the seeds.
Porch Grown Seedles Lora Medlyn Lewis
- Water Gently - Water daily, then semi-weekly. For proper germination, you want a moist soil, like a moist brownie texture, not wet, not soaking wet, just moist to allow germination until seedlings are about 4-6" tall. If you live in a drier climate, we recommend watering regularly.
- Weed - Occasionally you may need to pull out small sprouts or weeds you know are not from your wildflower seeds. If you're unsure, don't pull it, just wait to see if it flowers. Even weeds like dandelions are great for bees and pollinators.
I bought for my grandsons and all but 2 produced beautiful flowers. We had 10 times as many butterflies this year, as in years past. The Painted Lady butterflies were thick on the Cosmos! Great teaching opportunity for kids! - Shayleen S., Colorado
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