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Native Origin Irish Wildflower Seed Mixture: 

Range: Meadow Mixtures  (Code MM) 

Supplied without grass,  Grass seed can be added

Product Name: MM01 - Wild Flora for Fertile Top Soil  (new top soil)

Product Code:  MM01 

It is often said that wildflowers don't grow well on fertile top soil as they have to compete with tall rank grass that thrive on fertile top soil. 

This very colourful seed mixture can compete with the vigorous grasses, because all the species in this mixture are tall and or vigorous and they will out grow the grass and can be left un-cut until the end of summer.  

You will have to make a judgment as to when to cut, do not cut so late that it starts to 'lodge' or fall over.
Always remove the cuttings to lower the fertility.

Mixture Specifications: 
Origin: Native Irish Origin, Wildflower Seed Mixture.
Moisture Level: Not for soil that is very dry, suits normal, moist, but not flooded wet.
pH range: Best between 5 - 7
Aspect: Sunny
Life Cycle: Annual / Biennial / Perennial. 
Height Range: <30cm - >250cm 
Flowering Period:  May to August.
Fertility Range: Will grow on any soil fertile top soil
Wintergreen: Moderate 
Total number of seeds per gram: 1345

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This photograph is one day in the life of an ever changing meadow.

Species List:  
Black Meddick, Corn Marigold, Corn Poppy, Corncockle, Cornflower, Devil's bit, Field Scabious, Fleabane,  Hemp Agrimony, Lesser Knapweed, Meadowsweet, Mullein, Ox-eye Daisy, Ragged Robin, Red Campion, Ribwort Plantain, Self heal, Scentless Mayweed, Sorrel, St Johnswort, Wild Angelica, Wild Carrot,  Yarrow, Yellow Agrimony.  

Foxglove is added as an extra, although it likes acid soil..

Product Warning: DBN recommends that this mixture is not for human or animal consumption. 


Sowing Specification:  
Soil Preparation: Normal, create firm, fine tilt on seed bed, if clay, ensure a fine tilt or press the seed into clean soil.
Optimum Sowing Time: Late spring, early autumn, when the soil is warm.

Sowing Conditions: Normal, roll or rake into surface to keep out of reach from birds. 
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. 
Fertiliser: None 

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.


Grass seed or nurse crop requirement:

Nurse Crop: No nurse crop is required. 
Grass Seed Requirement: n/a, use Bent and Fescue species, Do not use species of Perennial Rye grass
Sow with or without grasses: Either / with grasses / without grasses
Sowing rate with grasses: 1.5 to 6 grams per metre depending on the percentage of grass.

If sown without grass seed, this mixture: Will not require a nurse crop.

In normal conditions (mainly in early Autumn and Spring) this mix should germinate 6 weeks after sowing

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.

First Year: This mixture contains annuals, they will flower profusely, provided they are sown before June. 

They require one cut when finished flowering. Cut once in late August.
Second Year: In the second year the biennials will also be very colourful. 
If this mixture was not cut in first year, cut and remove foliage in early Spring. 

Cut again in July, August or September, depending on when flower finish or the level of weeds that emerge. 

In the third year this meadow mixture will seem to have less flora than the first and second year. Why? 
The perennial species are still young, many will only have germinated in the second season, so flowers will be sparse. However, there should be identifiable foliage and some flowers. If not contact us. 

In the third year, If the native grass seeds present in your soil germinate and grow, the meadow will require two or three cuts, the first cut in Spring (April/May) and the second cut in July or August, the meadow can again be cut in September if the grasses are still growing strong. 

When should this meadow be established and require one cut?
In the fourth to fifth year, when the perennials in the mixture should be flowering on many stems and starting to clump and spread, again if the grass is still vigorous cut in spring and in August of the fourth year. However if the perennials are growing strong there will be no need to cut until July, August or September depending on the fertility and wetness of the soil and the species which have grown.

A wildflower meadow should last many years, provided the wildflower species were correctly established, weeds were controlled and the meadow was cut and the cut material removed and occasional 'Gaps' are created. If not contact DBN.


Meadowsweet, Yellow Sow Thistle, Vetch and Wild Valerian on moist fertile soil









Persistence if unmanaged: Low
Tolerance of Cutting: High after second year. 
General Cutting Time: Mid to end of Summer and again in spring. Specific Cutting Time: Wait 3 weeks until after the last flush of flowers fade away, after seeds set.

Disposal of cut materials: Always remove the cuttings, wildflower meadow hay should be removed as soon as possible and not be heaped on site as it will grow mould (a health risk).  Meadow cuttings can be spread as compost in sheet mulches around trees and shrubs or composted. 

Management: Control grasses and weeds until well established. Accept any weeds in first year as they provide cover, once the sward is established, digging, spot spraying or weed wiping can be used to eliminate problem species. Control weeds, especially Creeping Buttercup, if Creeping Buttercup is present cut this meadow in May in year two. The third year is the critical year to maintain this meadow as scutch grass, creeping thistle, nettle and dock will try to dominate as the growing conditions are ideal for such unwanted species.

Most species in this mixture are 'Browse' resistant.

A General Description of Meadow Range: 
Meadow Mixtures are designed to grow on soil in specific situations. 
This range of seed mixture is ideal for those concerned with species suitability, composition and performance to be attractive, encourage wildlife and local biodiversity. If these mixtures are suitable for your situation, they offer good value and if given time, develop into a flora that will persist if properly maintained. 


Your purchase: Contributes to DBN's work of creating crops of Conservation Grade - Native Origin Wild flora. 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.