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Native Origin Irish Wildflower
Range: Meadow Mixtures (Code
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
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
Origin: Native Irish Origin, Wildflower Seed
Moisture Level: Not for soil that is very dry, suits normal, moist, but not
pH range: Best between 5 - 7
Life Cycle: Annual / Biennial / Perennial.
Height Range: <30cm - >250cm
Flowering Period: May to August.
Fertility Range: Will grow on any soil fertile top soil
Total number of seeds per gram: 1345
photograph is one day in the life of an ever changing meadow.
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, Scented Mayweed, Sorrel,
St Johnswort, Wild Angelica, Wild Carrot, Yarrow, Yellow Agrimony.
is added as an extra, although it likes acid soil..
recommends that this mixture is not for human or animal consumption.
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.
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
Seed Sowing Rates:
1.5 grams per metre.
sowing rate 'without added grass seed':1.5 grams per metre.
High sowing rate 'without added grass seed': Add 3 grams per metre.
seed or nurse crop requirement:
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 /
Sowing rate with grasses: 1.5 to 6 grams per
metre depending on the percentage of grass.
If sown without
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.
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
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.
wildflower meadow should last many years, provided the wildflower species
established, weeds were controlled and the meadow was cut and the cut
material removed and occasional 'Gaps'
are created. If not contact DBN.
Persistence if unmanaged:
Tolerance of Cutting: High after second year.
General Cutting Time: Mid to end of Summer and again in
Specific Cutting Time: Wait 3 weeks until after the last flush
of flowers fade away, after seeds set.
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.
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
given time, develop into a flora that will persist if properly maintained.
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