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Wildflowers 101: Us v. The Big Box Stores

The Seed Man

As I sat in on keynote speaker Joe Lamp’l last week at the Independent Garden Center show he touched on a number of great ideas and suggestions.  One point in particular that he stressed was differentiation.  You need to differentiate yourself from the competition.  It really struck a chord and reminded me of how unique and special our wildflower seed products are. 

100% Pure Wildflower Seed, Always!

We’ve all seen the “meadow in a can” seed products at our favorite big box store. Don’t be fooled by the nice packaging. Did you ever look at the percentage of pure seed that are in these products?  You’re lucky to get 20% and the rest is some sort of filler.  All of our wildflower mixtures are 100% pure flower seed, no fillers!  On average, our mixtures contain 20-30 varieties vs. 10-15 in mixtures found in large retail merchant mixtures.  All of our seed is lab tested to ensure the highest quality germination rates.  We network with growers and suppliers across the country with fresh seed arriving weekly. Everything we sell is 100% guaranteed. 

We are the Wildflower Experts!

Wildflower MixWe’ve been slingin' wildflower seed for over 30 years.  During that time we’ve consulted and helped hundreds of thousands of customers all across the country create beautiful wildflower gardens. We take pride in the service we provide and quality of products we offer. We enjoy engaging with gardeners every day and helping them with any and all questions that they might have.  We welcome over 3 million visitors to our site and take over 500 calls a day during our busy spring months.

Mixtures and Species Galore!

With over 30 different regional and special use mixtures, along with over 150 individual species available, we’re sure to have a seed to meet your needs.  Not sure what to choose?  Give us a call or Live Chat and we’ll give you the expert advice.  There’s a reason why they call me the “Seed Man!” To prove our point, we went out to the local big box store and purchased a box of wildflower seeds similar to our Fall Max Mix.

Fall Max Mix v. Big Box Mix

Wildflower Seed Comparison

Price: Us: $6.95 - Them: $2.99

Net Weight: Us: 4 OZ - Them: 1.5 OZ

Pure Flower Seed: Us: 100% - Them: 12%

Wildflower Varieties: Us: 30 - Them: 17

So, what does this all mean? You would need to purchase 23 "boxes" of the big box product (totaling $68.00!) to equal a quarter pound (4 OZ) of our fresh, 100% pure wildflower seed product. We're also giving you 13 more species in our mix versus the big box product. The choice is clear!

So the next time you’re in the garden and thinking about adding some wildflowers, fight the urge to head to your favorite big box and give us a call or browse our site.  We’re confident you won’t be disappointed! Happy Gardening!

4 thoughts on “Wildflowers 101: Us v. The Big Box Stores”

  • Ray Allen

    Hey Mike, the Seed Man! This is a great post. I've planted your seed for years with great results. Years ago I tried a bargain box from a supermarket, and believe me, I now know the difference. Your comparison photos here tell the story well. Great job!.....from a Georgia gardener.

  • Mary Ellen Halloran
    Mary Ellen Halloran March 10, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    This is so true. Two years ago I purchased deer-resistant wildflower seeds from American Meadows, and my wildflower garden was abundant. Last year I was in a hurry and purchased seeds from a big box store, and I was embarrassed by the meager display of wildflowers. This year I purchased them from American Meadows, and I look forward to a beautifully full garden again. I will always purchase them from American Meadows from now on!

    • Amanda

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for the note. Of course we agree -- 100% seed is the start of a colorful garden! Please send photos once everything starts taking off.

      Happy Gardening,


  • James Lawrence

    I planted 20 seed packs of wild flowers over the July 4th holiday on Long Island, NY and didn't get a single sprout

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