There's Still Time to Plant Wildflowers!

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It’s June and summer is right around the corner. You’ve got all your gardens planted and you’re patiently watching the progress ... Or maybe not?!

We certainly get our fair share of calls for customers this time of year in a panic because they feel like they’ve waited until the last minute to plant. Hey, life can get busy and we all lose track of time, and that includes our aspirations of how we wanted to change or improve our gardens the following season.

If you’re living in an area where your temperatures are still in the low 80’s and you’re getting some rainfall, or are planning on watering, you still have plenty of time to plant and get nice color this season.

Last Friday, May 29, I spent the day installing a meadow and creating some new wildflower planting videos (stay tuned as we’ll be releasing them this summer)!

It was about 4,000 square feet that we tilled and planted. It was about 4,000 square feet that we tilled and planted.

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Typical New England Spring!

Here in the Northeast we had a very cold winter with lots of snow. This spring we’ve have some very warm temperatures, already reaching mid to upper 80’s/low 90’s and very cold temperatures down in the 30’s. Some might consider this a typical New England spring, very unpredictable! But overall it’s been pretty good for planting.

Seed Man slingin' seed! Seed Man slingin' seed!

Although we didn’t seed until the end of May and even considering this area will only get water from Mother Nature, there’s still plenty of time to get a beautiful wildflower meadow this season.

We planted our Northeast Mix, which contains 26 different annual and perennial varieties, and we added some extra Zinnia for an even bigger splash of color this year.

With our wildflower seeds you can expect seed to germinate in 7-14 days and the first annuals flowers to begin blooming in about 5-7 weeks.

Quick Color = Annuals!

If you want quick color in the first season you need to make sure you’re planting annuals. These include customer favorites like Sunflowers, Cosmos, Zinnias and Poppies, just to name a few.

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Annuals bloom and complete their life cycle in the first growing season giving you that nice first year color. If you want color in the second and successive seasons you might think about incorporating some perennials into your planting as well (that’s why our regional mixtures are so popular).

Good seed-to-soil contact will help speed up germination! Good seed-to-soil contact will help speed up germination!

So although it’s June, if the weather isn’t too warm and you’re getting rain, or you are able to water, you still have time to plant and get beautiful color this season. If you live where you’re already in the mid 80’s or warmer and there’s no rain in sight, don’t get discouraged. Fall will be here before you know it and that’s a great time to get gardening as well!

2 thoughts on “There's Still Time to Plant Wildflowers!”

  • nancy rader

    i am on my second year of wildflower gardening. Last year it looked almost just like your picture above. I still had flowers into November (and snowfall) (rochester NY). I did nothing to the garden, i didn't really know what to do. This spring i raked out the dead growth, and sprinkled some more seed. I am noticing mostly weeds, LOTS of clover, which is almost impossible to get out. Do you have any hints, ideas, instructions? Also, any help with mosquitos while i'm weeding would help (not off, i ruined a leather couch with that).

    Sorry to ramble, i have so many questions.

    Thanks for any help you can give me.

    Reply
    • Amanda

      Hi Nancy,

      Thanks for the questions. If one variety (such as clover) has taken over an area, we recommend removing all of the existing growth by tilling in the early spring. Then, starting from bare soil, try planting a wildflower seed mix that has annuals and perennials in it. You did everything right with raking dead growth and sprinkling more seed, but sometimes the area just needs a re-planting. As for the mosquitos, you could try planting natural repellents in your garden (learn more about it here: http://www.americanmeadows.com/blog/2016/02/17/how-to-prevent-naturally-treat-harmful-insects-in-the-garden/)

      Happy Gardening,

      Amanda

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