With leaves falling and temperatures getting colder, you could be forgiven for thinking that sowing season is over. Many people assume that sowing wildflowers is a job for spring / summer, but September and October are excellent times to sow wildflower seeds - and here’s 6 great reasons for why you should.
1. Perfect conditions for growing
Autumn and winter create perfect growing conditions for wildflowers. Extra moisture in the air is absorbed by the seed and lends a helping hand to kick start their germination. Although our wildflower seeds are kept in cold conditions all year round, a winter frost typically helps to break the dormancy of newly sown wildflower seeds and will assist in the speed of germination. Which means naturally, autumnal conditions are ideal for wildflower germination!
2. Forward plan
If you sow wildflower seeds now, you can enjoy their blooms from spring onward. If you leave sowing wildflowers until spring, you will have a later bloom. So, to enjoy bountiful blooms all summer long, forward plan and plant them now!
3. Low maintenance
Wildflowers are extremely low maintenance. They don’t need fertile soil, to be regularly fed or any kind of top dressing, and as it is more likely to rain in autumn and winter, you can retire the watering can for a season and let the weather take care of the watering.
4. Make a year-round wildlife habitat
If you sow a wildflower mix with grass, you will create a habitat that will be open all year round for tiny tenants such as hedgehogs, frogs, birds and provide overwintering for bees and larvae. If you sow a 100% wildflower mix or a wildflower mix with grass in autumn, you will be helping the bees and pollinators that will emerge in early spring by providing them with all the pollen they need!
5. Grow where nothing has grown before!
Wildflowers will grow just about anywhere, but some are particularly good at growing in ‘problematic’ conditions where lawn grass or fertile flora can’t. We have a range of mixes for shaded areas, sandy soils and heavy clay soils that will all thrive in low fertility soils, and bed and borders that have been largely left on their own. So if there’s a spot in your garden you’ve been glaring at wishing there was something growing there, try wildflowers and see the results in spring!
6. No birdy business
As birds begin to migrate, there is less risk of them enjoying a little birdy buffet of your wildflower seeds and meddling in your future wildflower meadow. In autumn, there is more winter food available (usually, an abundance of berries, nuts etc), so they won’t need to steal your just-sown wildflower seed for their supper!