Planting wildflowers is a simple method of beautifying your area if you don't know too much about gardening. The flowers require little care, but being familiar with various elements of the flowers, such as when to plant them, can help you get the best results possible. If you are considering planting wildflower seeds, here are some things you need to know.
When Should You Plant?
Whether you should plant your wildflower seeds in the winter or spring depends largely on the climate in which you live. If you live in a relatively warm climate, such as California, planting in the winter is an ideal time. During the winter, there is a minimal chance of a frost and the weather is not too hot for the newly planted seedlings.
By contrast, if you live in an area in which frost is a major part of the winter months, the spring or fall is the best option for planting. Spring planting helps to ensure that the chances of frost has passed. It also gives you the advantage of being able to remove weeds that could choke off your seedlings.
If you opt for a fall planting though, you can expect an earlier bloom than if you wait until the spring. Ideally, you wait until the frost has passed. By waiting, you can protect the seedlings and ensure that ground is moist and soft enough for the seeds to grow.
Where Should You Plant?
One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a site to plant your wildflower seeds is the drainage. You need an area that has sufficient-enough drainage, but that is also free of weeds. If the area in which you want to plant the seeds is not free of weeds, you will need to remove them prior to planting. If physically removing the weeds by hand is not ideal, you can smother the weeds with plastic.
It is imperative that the weeds be removed prior to planting. If not, they can not only choke the seedlings, but be difficult to identify once they are mingled into the flowers. Weeds can sometimes resemble wildflowers, which makes weeding much more challenging.
Talk to your landscaper or an expert at a plant nursery to learn more about planting wildflowers and about which wildflower seed mixes work best in your area. Although they do not require a great deal of effort, there is some minimal work that you need to be familiar with before you start planting your wildflower seeds.