How Much Seed Do I Need?
How to Calculate Square Footage And Purchase the Right Amount of Wildflower Seed In 3 Easy Steps
Before purchasing wildflower seeds to plant your meadow, calculate the square footage of your meadow or garden bed. This guide will walk you through the 3 easy steps, so that you'll know how much seed you need!
For Squares or Rectangles: measure the length and width of the space where you want to plant.
For Circles: find the radius - measure the widest part of your planting space and divide by 2.
2. Calculate Square Footage
For Squares or Rectangles: length (in feet) x width (in feet) = square feet
For example, a garden that measures 50 feet x 30 feet = 1500 sq. ft.
For Circles: radius (in feet) x radius x 3.14 = square feet
For example, a circular garden that is 20 feet across has a radius of 10 feet. 10 x 10 x 3.14 = 314 sq. ft.
(The mathematical formula for the area of a circle is Π · r2 - the Π symbol is pronounced Pi and represents approximately 3.142, and r2 stands for radius squared.)
For the best results in planting wildflowers, please read our Wildflower Seed Planting Instructions. This step-by-step guide will outline everything you need to grow a successful wildflower meadow.
3. Find How Much Seed You Need
The amount of seed you should plant depends on the flower display you want. We typically recommend planting on the higher side for a lush meadow. Plant on the lower side for a more scattered look.
For Individual Species: The recommended rates vary greatly from species to species. Check the product page, or contact us with questions.
For Wildflower Mixes: Reference the table below.
|This Much Seed Covers...||This Much Square Footage|
|1/4 lb||250 - 500 sq. ft.|
|1/2 lb||500 - 1,000 sq. ft.|
|1 lb||1,000 - 2,000 sq. ft.|
|5 lbs||5,000 - 10,000 sq. ft.|
|10 lbs||10,000 - 25,000 sq. ft.|
- 1 Acre = 43,000 sq.ft.
- 1/2 Acre = 21,500 sq. ft.
- 1/4 Acre = 10,750 sq.ft.
- 1/10 Acre = 4,300 sq. ft.
Tips For Larger Plantings: If you have a large site, from 1/2 acre to several acres, your planting rate may be affected by land conditions. If you have heavy weeds on the site now, some erosion, generally poor soil, or other land problems, additional seed is usually the most economical solution, since installation of a large planting usually costs more than the seed itself. If your site does have these problems and you want full coverage, use 1 pound per 1000 sq. ft.
Most Popular Wildflower Seed Mixes
Our exclusive Spring Into Summer Wildflower Seed Mix is our most popular and colorful mix of the season – available for a limited time only! We packed in 45 easy-to-grow species, i...Learn MoreSpring Into Summer Seasonal Wildflower Seed Mix Spring Into Summer Wildflower Seed MixAs low as $11.95 Sale $8.95Per 1/4 PoundOur exclusive Spring Into Summer Wildflower Seed Mix is our most popular and colorful mix of the season – available for a limited time only! We packed in 45 easy-to-grow species, including quick-blooming annuals for first season color and perennials to enjoy in the years to come. This mix is our best value for both beginners and experts like, providing the perfect solution for any pollinator-friendly garden, wildflower lawn or showstopping meadow. Experience a changing variety of flowers all season long. All seed at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid free, and guaranteed to grow.
The Northeast Wildflower Seed Mix contains 27 different annual and perennial wildflowers that thrive when planted in the Northeast. Exceptionally easy to grow, this mix brings a dyna...Learn MoreNortheast Wildflower Seed Mix Northeast Wildflower Seed MixAs low as $12.95Per 1/4 PoundThe Northeast Wildflower Seed Mix contains 27 different annual and perennial wildflowers that thrive when planted in the Northeast. Exceptionally easy to grow, this mix brings a dynamic medley of blooms to the landscape throughout the entire summer season, with no gaps in color. Annual wildflowers like Calendula and Cornflower appear quickly in the first year, while perennial varieties like Wild Lupine and Echinacea provide many years of color starting in the second season. Designed for planting in: CT, ME, MA, RI, VT, NH, DE, PA, NY, NJ, MD, WV, QC and the Eastern Provinces, this mix contains only 100% Pure, non-GMO & neonicotinoid-free seeds.
The Midwest Wildflower Seed Mix is comprised of 28 different wildflower species, all perfect for planting in the Heartland of the USA. Designed to provide nonstop season-long color, ...Learn MoreMidwest Wildflower Seed Mix Midwest Wildflower Seed MixAs low as $12.95Per 1/4 PoundThe Midwest Wildflower Seed Mix is comprised of 28 different wildflower species, all perfect for planting in the Heartland of the USA. Designed to provide nonstop season-long color, annuals like Plains Coreopsis and Sulphur Cosmos burst into bloom their very first summer, while perennial varieties like Purple Prairie Clover and Black Eyed Susan deliver color for many years, starting in their second season. Contains 100% Pure, non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free seeds best for planting in: IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, WI and Ontario.
This favorite wildflower mixture is comprised of 28 different wildflowers, both annuals and perennials, that will thrive in the Pacific Northwest region of the country. The Pacific N...Learn MorePacific Northwest Wildflower Seed Mix Pacific Northwest Wildflower Seed MixAs low as $12.95Per 1/4 PoundThis favorite wildflower mixture is comprised of 28 different wildflowers, both annuals and perennials, that will thrive in the Pacific Northwest region of the country. The Pacific Northwest Wildflower Seed Mix is designed to create show-stopping color all season long, year after year - It will burst into blooms the first year with the annual wildflowers and provide color in years after with the perennials.