Planting Wildflowers – A Guide To When and How

Wildflowers are gaining popularity among homeowners across the United States. In this fast paced world, many individuals don’t have the time to fuss over their flower gardens but want an array of floral beauty casting upon their landscapes. They are very easy to grow and don’t take the trimming or pruning like other garden flowers.

There’s a large variety of these types of blooms to choose from in different areas. When looking at seed mixtures you want to choose one specific for your special use or region. For example, if you’re planting to attract animals, or you’re planting in a really dry area, if you want low growth, and so on. Each region in the United States offers a variety of annuals and perennials, and this is something to consider when planting. Do you want ones that bloom for years to come like the Black Eyed Susan or do you only want a single year bloom as you would in Zinnias, Poppies, and Cosmos?

The Best Time to Plant

The best time to plant your wildflowers depends on your area and the type of wildflowers you’re choosing to plant. One of the foremost important things to consider about planting is the climate in your area. Spring, summer, and fall are wildflower planting times and depending on where you live, the way your garden is organized and the weather in your area will determine which season is right for you.

For areas with mild winters like Florida, California or Southern Texas, planting wildflowers can be done anytime other than the hottest season. The best times are right before the area’s rainiest season.

If you live in an area that has killing frost, spring and fall are good times, each with its advantages.

Planting the Seeds

Once you’ve determined which group you’re going to plant, you want to do a little planning. You should have a good idea of when you’re going to plant and where. You’ll want to prepare your soil if it’s never been gardened by loosening up the soil and removing any other growth.

Once the soil is ready, just simply sprinkle the seeds on top of the ground and lightly compress them in but don’t bury them. If the ground is dry you will want to keep it moist. After the wildflowers grow about 4-6” in height, mother nature will take care of keeping the ground moist.