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Index - Wildflower Growers Manual

Page 3aSowing Rates

Sowing Rate: 100% Wildflower mixtures without grass seed 

Sowing rates:

  • Normal sowing rate: 1.5 grams per m / 6.6 kilos per acre / 15 kilos per Ha.
  • Low sowing rate: 1 gram per m / 4.4 kilos per acre/ 10 kg per Ha.
  • Double sowing rate:   3 grams per m .The double sowing option is used to provide a greater splash of colour or where the site conditions are very difficult..  

however high rates will favour larger plants, as if you double the rate you double the amount of larger species, restricting space for smaller species

Our experience since 1990 is that higher sowing rates should be sown on very poor ground, where any species is welcome

 

Sowing Rate: Wildflower Seed Mixtures with grass seed 

Normal sowing rate at 50%-50%: 3 grams per metre / 13.2 kilos per acre / 30 kilos per Ha.

Seek advice for all sowing rates with grasses and wildflowers as the rate of grass can be changed for most sites depending on what you wish to achieve.

Grass mixed with wildflowers can be ordered in any combination.

Wildflower mixtures with grasses

20% Grass and 80% Flora.  This mix is requires one cut per year & is very low maintenance.

50% Grass and 50% Flora. This mix is requires two cuts per year. Withstands some erosion and trampling. 

70% Grass and 30% Flora.
This mix requires three cuts per year until well established and controls erosion as well as stands up to ware and tare.  Best for winter-green colour and behaves like a traditional Hay Meadow. Cut in March to April, again in June. Finish last cut in Autumn.

80% Grass and 20% Flora.
This mix requires three cuts per year until well established and controls erosion as well as stands up to ware and tare. Flowering reasonable. Best for winter-green colour and behaves like a traditional Hay Meadow. Cut in March to April, again in June. Finish last cut in Autumn.

Sowing Rate: Cornfield annuals: 

  • 1 or 2 grams per metre / 6 to 12  kilos per acre / 10 to 20 kilos per Ha.
    Sow annuals in addition to the above rates for a splash of flowers in summer after sowing.

How much seed is 1.5 grams?  1.5 grams of seed is about one level teaspoon full which covers an area of 1 metre square