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Native Origin Irish Wildflower Seed Mixtures: Ecotype Range 

 

Product Code:  EC13 
Product Name: Wild Flora for Heathland

 
EC13 is designed for Heathlands
At first glance a few species may seem unsuitable, plants such as Meadowsweet, Hemp Agrimony and Wild Angelica colonise the lowest and wettest niche at the base of the bank, whilst others like Oxeye daisy exploit sunny dry or cool shaded parts. Feverfew, Mullein and Red Campion are added to provide extra colour.

Species List: Code EC12 Wild Flora for Earth Banks , Bunds and Ditches

Heather spp Linn, bell and others, Common Sorrel, Devil's Bit Scabious, Eyebright, Foxglove, Hawksbit spp, Hoary Plantain, Lesser Knapweed, Meadow Buttercup, Ox-eye Daisy, 

Ribwort Plantain, Rough Hawksbit, Self Heal, Wild Carrot, Yarrow, Yellow Rattle, 

 

10% Annuals as nurse only: Corn Marigold, Mayweed spp, (if you want a lot of flora in the first year, request more annuals)

Redshank if in stock, can be added for very poor peat soils where other annuals will not succeed. It is an annual weed detested by many, but its a great nurse crop where all else fails.

 

Depending on availability: Biting Stonecrop, Eyebright*, Lesser Spearwort
Marsh Loosewort, Tormentil, Marsh Marigold, 
Species of Sedges and Sheep's Sorrell often occur in such meadows we can add these species if required. 

 

 

*Denotes a species that is either of diminished national geno-type or specific to only a few sites, or who's habitat is increasingly threatened, or the species is uncommon, rare, becoming rare, is endangered, reintroduced or saved from extinction.
In all cases, your purchase contributes to DBN's work of creating crops of Conservation Grade - Native Origin Wildflora. You help us to inform and pay land-owners to manage native species and to assist DBN in handing on our heritage for another generation.
By growing (some will be difficult) these and all other species, you directly help to conserve national and global Biodiversity and protect wildlife. You should also consider yourself another Irish wildflower grower.

 

Seed Mixture Specifications: 
Origin: Native Irish Origin, Wildflower Seed Mixture. EC12
Suitable for soil type: All types of soil, Clay, Loam, Sand, Light Soil and Heavy Soil 
Moisture Level: Dry, Normal, Moist, but not Flooded Wet
pH range: Best between 5.5 >7.9
Aspect: Sunny, Semi Shade and not deeply shaded.
Morphology:
Life Cycle: Annual / Biennial / Perennial. 
Height Range: <30cm to >180cm 
Flowering Period:  May to August.
Fertility Range: Will grow in very fertile soil to poor, if very infertile apply fertiliser (see below).
Wintergreen: Yes 

 

Design Notes: For large areas this mixture may be unsuitable, instead specify different mixtures for the top and bottom, and if the bank is orientated east-west, choose a mixture for sun and shade. 

 

Sowing Specification: As Normal, roll or rake into surface to keep out of reach from birds. Due to the nature of earth banks this mixture may be difficult to sow and maintain on steeply sided banks, if you have a problem deploying the seed to the sides of the bank, a mixture of powdered kelp seaweed and sand, compost or old manure can be 'wet-mixed' together to help stick the seeds to the bank. Better still would be to shape the bank to allow for easy sowing and maintenance.

 

Soil Preparation: If normal, create fine tilt on seed bed, if clay, ensure it is weed free, keep slopes gentle. If there is an abundance of subsoil, try to get ridges or shelves along the 'horizontal' to allow seed to lodge.
Optimum Sowing Time: Late spring, early autumn, when the soil is warm or as soon as the earth bank is made, or when the earth bank is weed free.

Sowing Conditions: The top may dry out. Seedlings on the sides may be smothered if grasses collapse down on top of them from above.
Sowing Method: By hand is recommended, if using seed spreaders be careful to insure the small varieties of seed do not drop to the bottom of the seed spreader and get sown all in the one place. Can be Hydrasown. 

 

Seed Sowing Rates: 1.5 grams per metre.
Normal sowing rate 'without added grass seed': 1.5 grams per metre.
High sowing rate 'without added grass seed': Add 3 grams per metre.
Low sowing rate: none. 

 

Grass seed or nurse crop requirement:

Nurse Crop: No nurse crop is required. 
Grass Seed Requirement: n/a, use Bent and Fescue species
Sow with or without grasses: Without grasses, grasses can be added once all species have germinated and are mature.
Sowing rate with grasses: n/a 

If sown without grasses: This mixture will not require a nurse crop. However protection to the species on the top of the mound may be of benefit  

Seed Specification:  
Total number of seeds per gram: 4500
In normal conditions (mainly in early Autumn and Spring) this mix should germinate 6 weeks after sowing, from then on provided the sward is kept open and a 'Thatch' is not allowed develop, species will continue to germinate and emerge, through to the third year.
Up to 40% of all seed should germinate in the first year.
Up to 60% of all species should germinate in 24 months. 
Up to 95% of all species should have flowered by the fourth year after sowing.

 

Product Warning: While this Ecotype mixture contains the seed of edible and herbal species, DBN recommend that this mixture is not for human or animal consumption as it contains species such as Corncockle and Foxglove which are toxic if ingested. Wild Parsnip can irritate the skin. 

 
 

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