How to Grow Wildflower Plants
Annuals and Perennial
By definition, a Wildflower is a flower that grows in the wild. So,
theoretically, any flower is a wildflower. When we think about wildflowers,
we think about a variety of flowers growing and blooming naturally in a field,
a meadow, along a streambed, on a hillside, or any other unkempt area.
Wildflower plants are very popular among gardeners and homeowners for a range
of applications. They look great. They spruce up and brighten up an unused,
or difficult to maintain area. They are easy to grow, and require little
or no attention.
The term "Naturalizing" is frequently used when referring to wildflowers.
This can mean a couple of things. Many refer to naturalizing as planting
a variety of flowers native to the area. Others, look at naturalizing as
a planting method that creates colorful blooms outside of an established
flower bed or garden. However you look upon wildflowers, they are very popular
When planting wildflowers, an important goal is to produce continuous blooms
over a long season, from as early in spring as possible, all the way to frost.
In doing so, selection of a wildflower mixture is best. Seed suppliers provide
mixtures that include a range of flowers, including annuals and perennials,
to produce season long blooming.
Wildflowers are most commonly grown from seed. You can also add a variety
of bulbs to your wildflower garden. Prepare the area to be planted by tilling
and raking out the soil. Remove all weeds and roots. Wildflower seeds
can be directly seeded by broadcast spreading them into the area you have
prepared. Sow Wildflower seeds early in the season. You do not need to cover
the seeds with soil.
Tip: To better spread the seeds, mix seeds with a small amount of
dry sand. Mix two parts sand to one part seed.
How to Grow Wildflower Plants:
Wildflower plants are very easy to grow with little or no maintenance. Seed
suppliers select mixtures of wildflowers that require little maintenance,
and ones that can withstand a little drought. There are a variety of mixtures,
some for full sun, and others for partial shade.
Wildflowers thrive in most soils While many of the plants are drought tolerant,
occasional watering during the driest periods of the year is helpful. Add
a general purpose fertilizer when planting.
Insect and Disease:
Depending upon the selection of flowers, insect and disease resistance may
occur. If insect or disease problems arise, treat early with organic
or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.