Growing Wildflowers - 4 Most Common Questions

Do I have to prepare my area prior to sowing my seed?

 

 

Yes. Preparing the area is really important, both for the short-term and long-term success of your wildflower planting. The more time and effort you spend during the initial preparation stage, getting rid of any grasses and weeds (and their entire root systems), the better results you'll end up getting come bloom-time.

By removing the grasses and weeds, you'll be eliminating any competition that your wildflowers may come up against; competition for water, available sunlight and soil nutrients. I can't stress enough how important it is to get yourself some nice bare soil as a starting point, so that your growing wildflowers can access their 'fair share' of resources. This will make a world of difference as your wildflowers enter those crucial early stages of growth and seek to establish themselves.

"When growing wildflowers, preparation is critically important to the overall success of your planting. The good news is that after you help them get their start, your wildflowers will require very little effort on your end."

Do I have to cover my seeds once I've sown them?

 

 

No. Ideally, once you've broadcast your seed over the surface of the soil (either by hand or with a seed spreader) you'll want to lightly press them into the soil. This 'compression' can be achieved by walking on a board laid over the seeds (directly in shoes is okay, too), or, if you're planting a larger area, by using a seed roller.

"You really don't want to rake the seed in or cover the seed because that could potentially hamper germination and lead to mixed results that don't meet your overall expectation for the planting."

View our complete instructions for planting and growing wildflowers here.

  1. Dwarf Coreopsis Seeds Red Plains, Coreopsis tinctoria Dwarf Red Plains

    Dwarf Red Plains Coreopsis is a versatile native wildflower that attracts bees and butterflies. Clusters of perky red flowers bloom continually from spring through summer, held on de...

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    Dwarf Red Plains Coreopsis is a versatile native wildflower that attracts bees and butterflies. Clusters of perky red flowers bloom continually from spring through summer, held on delicate upright stems with fine foliage that fills out gracefully. At just a foot tall, it can be planted in the front of garden borders and is a great choice for low-growing meadows and wildflower lawns. It grows in a wide range of soil conditions, and also makes a cheerful cut flower. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual. (Coreopsis tinctoria)
  2. Sunflower Seeds Bright Star Orange, Helianthus annus Bright Star Orange

    Add some star power to your garden or meadow with Bright Star Sunflowers. Pointed petals surround soft ochre-brown centers, for an attractive and elegant flower that looks beautiful ...

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    Sunflower Seeds Bright Star Orange Sunflower Seeds Bright Star Orange Helianthus annuus Bright Star Orange
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    Add some star power to your garden or meadow with Bright Star Sunflowers. Pointed petals surround soft ochre-brown centers, for an attractive and elegant flower that looks beautiful planted en masse or to complement a mix of other sunflowers. With their radiant petals, these blooms reach up to 11 inches wide, on tall sturdy plants up to 6 feet tall. Sunflowers attract bees and butterflies, and seeds will feed the birds. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual. (Helianthus annuus)
  3. Sunflower Seeds Giant Teddy Bear, Helianthus annus Giant Teddy Bear

    Giant Teddy Bear Sunflowers are irresistibly fun to grow. Fully double fuzzy blooms are up to 8 inches wide, adding touchable texture to cut flowers and gardens. Their towering heigh...

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    Sunflower Seeds Giant Teddy Bear Sunflower Seeds Giant Teddy Bear Helianthus annuus Giant Teddy Bear
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    Giant Teddy Bear Sunflowers are irresistibly fun to grow. Fully double fuzzy blooms are up to 8 inches wide, adding touchable texture to cut flowers and gardens. Their towering height, up to 7 feet tall, makes them a great choice for living fences and kid-friendly garden rooms. These fluffy flowers are long lasting both in the garden and as a cut flower. Sunflowers attract bees and butterflies, and seeds will feed the birds. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual. (Helianthus annuus)
  4. Sunflower Seeds Rouge Royale, Helianthus annus Rouge Royale

    For a deep red flower that adds high drama to gardens and bouquets, plant Rouge Royale Sunflowers. This branching variety has petite 3-6-inch-wide flowers with deep burgundy centers....

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    Sunflower Seeds Rouge Royale Sunflower Seeds Rouge Royale Helianthus annuus Rouge Royale
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    For a deep red flower that adds high drama to gardens and bouquets, plant Rouge Royale Sunflowers. This branching variety has petite 3-6-inch-wide flowers with deep burgundy centers. For cut flowers, planting closer together, and harvest just before the bloom is fully open. Pollenless flowers mean no mess with indoor bouquets. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual. (Helianthus annuus)
  5. Zinnia Seeds Orange King, Zinnia elegans Orange King

    Zinnia Orange King is a rich, saturated orange hue with hints of gold and scarlet. This heirloom Zinnia is a long-blooming variety with brightly colored flowers on long, sturdy stems...

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    Zinnia Seeds Orange King Zinnia Seeds Orange King Zinnia elegans Orange King
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    Zinnia Orange King is a rich, saturated orange hue with hints of gold and scarlet. This heirloom Zinnia is a long-blooming variety with brightly colored flowers on long, sturdy stems, complemented by deep green foliage. With their bright beckoning blooms, Zinnias attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and beneficial pollinators from summer to frost. Zinnias are deer resistant, and great for cut flowers, too. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.
  6. Buzz & Flutter Pollinator Wildflower Seed Collection

    Support pollinators with our Buzz & Flutter Pollinator Wildflower Seed Collection. Pollinators are essential for the delicate balance of life on Earth, yet these beneficial bugs are ...

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    Buzz & Flutter Pollinator Wildflower Seed Collection Buzz & Flutter Pollinator Wildflower Seed Collection
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    Support pollinators with our Buzz & Flutter Pollinator Wildflower Seed Collection. Pollinators are essential for the delicate balance of life on Earth, yet these beneficial bugs are experiencing massive population decline due to habitat loss. The solution is simple: we need more pollinator-friendly plants! This collection includes four 1/4 lb bags of our Butterfly & Hummingbird Mix, Monarch Butterfly Mix, Honey Bee Mix, and Beneficial Bug Mix. Mix them together or plant four mini meadows for colorful wildflowers buzzing with life. All of our seed is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
  7. Rocket Larkspur & Red Poppy

    For eye-catching red, white, and blue summer blooms, plant the vibrant Rocket Larkspur & Red Poppy Seed Combo. Bright Red Poppies bloom gracefully on tall wiry stems, and bees will d...

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    Rocket Larkspur & Red Poppy Seed Combo Rocket Larkspur & Red Poppy Delphinium ajacis & Papaver rhoeas
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    For eye-catching red, white, and blue summer blooms, plant the vibrant Rocket Larkspur & Red Poppy Seed Combo. Bright Red Poppies bloom gracefully on tall wiry stems, and bees will dance from flower to flower. Rocket Larkspur contrasts in color and texture with gorgeous blue, pink, white, and purple flower spikes that attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. All of our seeds are non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free, and guaranteed to grow. Annuals. (Delphinium and Papaver rhoeas)
  8. New To Wildflowers Collection

    New to growing wildflowers? Our New To Wildflowers Collection is the perfect way to dig in. This collection includes one copy of Mini Meadows written by “The Seed Man” Mike Lizot...

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    New To Wildflowers Collection New To Wildflowers Collection
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    New to growing wildflowers? Our New To Wildflowers Collection is the perfect way to dig in. This collection includes one copy of Mini Meadows written by “The Seed Man” Mike Lizotte with inspiring meadow images and ‘how to’ tips for starting a meadow or seed planting anywhere in your yard. Paired with the book you will also receive a ¼ lb bag of our exclusive Mini Meadows Wildflower Seed Mix, and a handheld seed spreader to help sow seeds. Whether you’re starting small or dreaming big, you’ll have everything you need to grow beautiful blooms.

What happens when the birds and squirrels try to eat my wildflower seeds?

 

 

Don't worry, your wildflowers are going to be fine! Birds and squirrels and other animals can come in and eat a few seeds; but they can't make enough of a dent for you to worry about it.

View our complete instructions for planting and growing wildflowers here.

Just to give you a sense, there are roughly a 100,000 seeds in a quarter pound of our seed mixes! That should make it easier to visualize why the success of your meadow and the overall outcome will still be perfectly fine, even if the birds show up.

"If you do tend to have a lot of birds come in, you can always put a light coverage of straw on top of the seed to offer a little more protection. In most cases, even if the birds arrive right after the seed is sown, it just won't make much of a difference."

How soon after I plant my wildflowers should I expect to see color?

 

 

Well... under the assumption that you planted a mix that included some annuals (annuals are flowers that bloom in the first year), you can expect to see germination (green sprouts) in about 7 to 14 days. Your first annual color should begin to arrive about 5 to 7 weeks after you've sown your mix.

"Under optimal conditions, where the ground temperatures are above 55 degrees and there's available sunlight and moisture, you'll see germination in 7 to 14 days and flowers in about 5 to 7 weeks."

Many mixes also include perennial wildflowers, which have a longer life-cycle than annuals and generally bloom for the first time during their second season. While perennials need the first growing season to establish themselves, the upside is that they don't need to be re-planted the following year and are usually actively growing before annuals are able to be seeded.

  1. Confetti Zinnia Mix, Zinnia elegans Confetti Mix

    A mix of yellow, red, lime, purple, orange, and magenta zinnias for a bright and festive flower display! Enjoy these colorful flowers blooming right through frost in flowerpots, gard...

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    Confetti Zinnia Seed Mix Confetti Zinnia Mix Zinnia elegans Confetti Mix
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    A mix of yellow, red, lime, purple, orange, and magenta zinnias for a bright and festive flower display! Enjoy these colorful flowers blooming right through frost in flowerpots, garden beds, or a meadow, and watch the parade of pollinators that join this flower fiesta. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.
  2. Peachy Keen Zinnia Mix, Zinnia elegans Peachy Keen Mix

    Our Peachy Keen Zinnia Seed Mix will fill your garden with warm sun-kissed hues. Easy-to-grow Zinnias in yellow, coral, pink, and orange will bloom all summer, drawing pollinators an...

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    Peachy Keen Zinnia Seed Mix Peachy Keen Zinnia Mix Zinnia elegans Peachy Keen Mix
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    Our Peachy Keen Zinnia Seed Mix will fill your garden with warm sun-kissed hues. Easy-to-grow Zinnias in yellow, coral, pink, and orange will bloom all summer, drawing pollinators and hummingbirds to your garden for a sweet treat. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.
  3. Tall Mardi Gras Sunflower Mix, Helianthus annuus Tall Mardi Gras Mix

    The Mardi Gras Sunflower Mix features a rich, painterly palette of gold, ochre, and rust red hues. These sunflowers will grow between 3.3 to 8 feet tall, with varied blooms that rang...

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    The Mardi Gras Sunflower Mix features a rich, painterly palette of gold, ochre, and rust red hues. These sunflowers will grow between 3.3 to 8 feet tall, with varied blooms that range from 4-12 inches wide. Plant to beautify your landscape and enjoy watching bees, butterflies, and birds come to visit. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free, and guaranteed to grow. Annual. (Helianthus)
  4. Sunflower Seeds Chocolate Cherry, Helianthus annuus Chocolate Cherry close up with black-cherry petals

    Chocolate Cherry Sunflowers feature black-cherry petals surrounding a deep brown center. These striking blooms, measuring up to 5” across, glow red in the sunlight. Plant to add a ...

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    Sunflower Seeds Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Cherry Sunflower Helianthus annuus Chocolate Cherry
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    Chocolate Cherry Sunflowers feature black-cherry petals surrounding a deep brown center. These striking blooms, measuring up to 5” across, glow red in the sunlight. Plant to add a rich, moody hue to your garden and cut flower arrangements in summer and fall. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free, and guaranteed to grow. Annual. (Helianthus)
  5. Double Sun Sunflower, Helianthus annuus Double Sun

    Double Sun Sunflowers feature double solid gold petals surrounding lime green centers. Large 7-9-inch-wide blooms add cheerful color and unusual texture to your garden and cut flower...

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    Sunflower Seeds Double Sun Double Sun Sunflower Helianthus annuus Double Sun
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    Double Sun Sunflowers feature double solid gold petals surrounding lime green centers. Large 7-9-inch-wide blooms add cheerful color and unusual texture to your garden and cut flower arrangements. Plant to feeds bees, butterflies, and birds. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free, and guaranteed to grow. Annual. (Helianthus)
  6. Crimson Velvet Sunflower, Helianthus annuus Crimson Velvet growing in meadow

    Crimson Velvet Sunflowers feature deep brown centers surrounded by petals in a matching hue, tipped with soft yellow as if dipped in sunshine. This striking heirloom variety is easy ...

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    Sunflower Seeds Crimson Velvet Crimson Velvet Sunflower Helianthus annuus Crimson Velvet
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    Crimson Velvet Sunflowers feature deep brown centers surrounded by petals in a matching hue, tipped with soft yellow as if dipped in sunshine. This striking heirloom variety is easy to grow, with large flowers up to 8 inches wide that create a landing pad for pollinators and birds. This of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free, and guaranteed to grow. Annual. (Helianthus)
  7. Texas Bluebonnet, Lupine

    Limited Quantities Available!Texas Bluebonnet is a true-blue beauty and one of the worlds most well-known wildflowers. Famous for creating carpets of sweeping indigo color mid-season...

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    Texas Bluebonnet Seeds Texas Bluebonnet Lupinus texensis
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    Limited Quantities Available!Texas Bluebonnet is a true-blue beauty and one of the worlds most well-known wildflowers. Famous for creating carpets of sweeping indigo color mid-season in meadows throughout the country, this variety prefers sandy, loamy and well-draining soils, as well as a minimum of six hours of sun per day. In warmer areas, Texas Bluebonnets act as perennials, coming back year after year, but in colder areas, they act as annuals. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.
  8. Perennial Lupine Seeds

    A field of Lupine is an amazing sight, with spiky blooms of saturated indigo-blue that last from late spring to summer. Combine them with later-blooming flowers (like Shasta Daisy an...

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    A field of Lupine is an amazing sight, with spiky blooms of saturated indigo-blue that last from late spring to summer. Combine them with later-blooming flowers (like Shasta Daisy and Rudbeckia) for an extended season of color. Growing to be about 12-36” tall, Lupine is a great choice for the front of the meadow or garden bed. Extremely easy to grow and deer resistant, this perennial flower blooms year after year. Seeds are 100% pure, non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
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