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Native Origin Irish Wildflower
Seed Mixture: Range:
Meadow Mixtures (Code
without grass, Grass seed can be added
Product Name: MM08 Wild
Flora for Moist Limy Soil (alkaline, pH >7)
Product Code: MM08
Mixture - MM08 - Moist Alkaline/Limey Soil is one of the very best but
simplest mixtures that DBN produces.
This mixture will suit particular
soils and if you provide a full set of site details with your order, we
may be able to add additional species, if they are available.
Suitable for most moist (not wet) Irish soils as long as they are not acidic in pH. MM08 tends to produce tall flowers by late summer and can be
cut as meadow or allowed to grow tall at the back of any shorter
If you want to keep the height down, cut it in July and allow the
re-growth to flower. For a varied effect, mixture MM08 can be cut at
different times, cut the front part of meadow in June and cut the back in
Always remove the cuttings and never fertilize the ground unless advised
MM08 will also grow on fen or acid peat mixed with limestone till,
such soils are found in the East and Midlands where a machine or plough
has 'turned up' the more alkaline subsoil into the top soil.
Origin: Native Irish Origin, Wildflower Seed
Moisture Level: Not for very dry soil, suits normal, moist, but not
pH range: Best between 6.5 - 7.5
Life Cycle: Annual / Biennial /
Height Range: <30cm - > 200cm
Flowering Period: May to August.
Fertility Range: Will
grow on any soil, suits moderately fertile top soil, the less fertile the soil, the
less cutting will be required.
Total number of seeds per gram: 1560
photograph is one day in the life of an ever changing meadow.
Birdsfoot Trefoil, Black Meddick, Corn Chamomile, Corn Marigold, Corn
Poppy, Corncockle, Cornflower, Cowslip, Devils bit Scabious, Eyebright, Meadow Buttercup, Field
Poppy, Fleabane, Greater Trefoil, Lady's Bedstraw, Lesser Knapweed,
Scented Mayweed, Meadowsweet, Ox-eye Daisy, Purple Loosestrife, Ragged
Robin, Red Bartsia, Ribwort Plantain, Selfheal, Water Avens, Wild Carrot,
Yellow Flag Iris, Yellow Rattle.
Additional species: Meadow Cranesbill, Wild Valerian, Marsh Marigold.
recommends that this mixture is not for human or animal consumption.
Normal, delay site works until soil starts to dry out, create firm, fine tilt on seed bed, if clay, ensure a fine tilt or press the seed into clean soil.
Optimum Sowing Time: Early to Late
spring Spring or again in 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:
sowing rate 'without added grass seed':1.5 grams per metre.
High sowing rate 'without added grass seed': Add 3 grams per metre.
sowing rate: 1gram 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: 2 to 7 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 4 - 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.
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 as there
are no biennials this mixture will not be as colourful as others in the
range, however there will be a flush of Daisies and Sorrel.
If this mixture was not cut in first year, cut
and remove foliage in early Spring. Cut again in July or August, Do not
leave it until September, as it will be too late for this mixture.
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, in
May there should be good colour from the Ragged Robin and Buttercups,
and if you look close, lots of identifiable foliage and some flowers
from the other species. 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 Early April and the second cut in late 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 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: This should be
cut once every year, but if the ground is too wet to cut, leaving the
cutting for a year will only damage some species and the meadow should
Tolerance of Cutting: High after second year.
General Cutting Time: Mid to end of Summer and again in
Specific Cutting Time: April, to keep trimmed and tidy.
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. 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 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