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Native Origin Irish Wildflower
Seed Mixture: Range: Meadow Mixtures (Code
Product Name: Wild
Flora for Dry Loam and Verges (improved soils)
Product Code: MM03
Two years after planting and the initial flush of colour, MM03 will
produce a bright colourful romantic meadow, provided that is you maintain it.
MM03 has a dominance of blue,
lilac and pink flowers intermingled yellow and orange flowers, all set off
with white daisies and rose tinted Wild Carrot.
This mixture is great for
MM03 is well suited to any type of free draining silt, brown earth or loam
This mixture will grow well on well drained but moisture retentive soils
even if the soil dries out in high summer.
MM03 grows into a medium height flora
which requires a specific cutting regime.
The species are arranged to
compete with medium height grasses.
Verges: MM03 is suitable for road verges, where the soil is light and
Origin: Native Irish Origin, Wildflower Seed
Moisture Level: Not for very dry soil, suits normal, moist, but not
pH range: Best between 5.5 - 7
Life Cycle: Annual / Biennial /
Height Range: <30cm - >100cm, Some species will stand tall
in the meadow.
Flowering Period: Mid April to June. July To September
Fertility Range: All, the less fertile the soil, the less cutting
will be required.
Total number of seeds per gram: 1280
Normal, create firm, fine tilt on seed bed, if clay, ensure a fine tilt or press the seed into clean soil.
Optimum Sowing Time: Spring, early
autumn, when the soil is warm.
Conditions: Normal, roll or rake into surface to keep out of reach from
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.
Black Meddick, Burnet Saxifrage, Corn Marigold, Corn
Poppy, Corncockle, Cornflower, Cowslip, Field Cranesbill, Field Scabious, Kidney Vetch,
Lady's Bedstraw, Lesser Knapweed, Marjoram, Scented Mayweed, Mullein,
Ox-eye Daisy, Red Campion, Ribwort Plantain, Rough Hawksbit, Selfheal, Sorrel, St.
Johnswort, White Campion, Wild Carrot, Yarrow, Yellow Rattle.
Seed Sowing Rates:
Normal sowing rate 'without added grass seed':1.5 grams per metre.
In normal conditions (mainly in early Autumn and Spring) this mix should
germinate 3 - 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.
First Year: The annuals supplied in this mixture will
flower profusely, provided they are sown before June. This mixture requires one cut when finished flowering.
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 flowers finish or the level of weeds that emerge.
Specific Cutting Time: One cut a year will do, but there are
more suitable seed mixtures if you do not have the time required to
maintain this meadow. Four of the species will not compete with
uncut tall grasses, so it should be cut in early spring and surprisingly
in high summer (Early July) even if
in full flower and then again in September when the last blooms fade.
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
If the native grass seeds present in your soil grow vigorously, the meadow will require two
or three cuts, the first cut in Spring (April) and the second cut in
June/ July, even if the flowers are blooming and again in August
September, the meadow can again be
cut in winter if the grasses are still growing strong.
should this meadow be established and require one cut?
In the fourth 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 leave out the summer cut and cut
again in August of the fourth year.
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.
Persistence if unmanaged: Low
Tolerance of Cutting: High after second year.
General Cutting Time: Spring, Mid Summer and at the end of Summer
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 mouldy (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 normal non-invasive weeds as they provide cover,
once the sward is established, digging, spot spraying or weed wiping can
be used to eliminate problem species.
Most species in this mixture are 'Browse' resistant.
Product Warning: DBN
recommends that this mixture is not for human or animal consumption.
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.
Wildflower growing is relatively new to horticulturalists, please check our online
Wildflower Growers Manual
for further details.
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