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Price sensitive questions answered:

Is there a difference in the types of wildflower seed mixtures?
Yes, there are different types of wildflower seed mixture.

Low cost mixtures actually work out dearer as the seeds are 'Cut' with cheep fillers. Often seed mixtures have only 5% or 10% imported wildflower seed.
Most imported mixtures contain, fillers such as vermiculite dust, cheep grass seed or non native wildflowers and in many cases, agricultural or horticultural species not intended for wild flower meadows.

Some wildflower seed mixtures contain 95%, 80%, 50% grass seed and have far less wild flower seed than our standard pure 100% wildflower seed mixtures without grass seed.  

Why is there a difference in the price of wildflower seed mixtures?

There are huge differences in the price of wild flower seed mixtures.  Some wildflower seed mixtures that contain fillers, cost much less per kilo than pure 100% wild flowers, but actually require more seed per metre when sown. Therefore the cost per metre is dearer than our dearest wildflower product.  

Often the specified amount of seed mixture to be sown per metre is less for some mixtures than others, typically the entire wildflower industry recommends about 1 to 1.5 grams per metre of pure 100% wild seed with no grasses up to 3 for certain sites and full sowings. 

Where grass seed is blended into the seed mixture the sowing rate must be increased to between 2 grams (20% grass) to 7 grams (80% grass) per metre depending on the amount of wild seed and grass seed in the mixture. 

Wildflower seed mixtures differ in price: 
Wildflower seed mixtures vary greatly in price, (AT DBN WE SHOW THE FULL COSTS OF PRODUCTION AND YET OFFER THE MOST COMPETITIVE PRICES) the following chart shows how wildflower sellers by selling imported species can manipulate prices in there favour and to the detriment to the customer.  Why grow Native Irish Wildflower seeds


A chart showing how wild flower cost are so different:

Design By Nature - wildflower seed mixtures are less expensive than most imported wildflower mixtures. Looking at the following chart would not suggest such a fact:

Definition: The price difference between Native Irish seed mixtures and cheep imports.

A native wildflower mixture 

Price / Costs impact

 

The cheaper imported imitation

Price / Costs impact

Native source: All our seed is sourced from Irish Native origin, wild stock from Ireland.

Yes

Higher

 

No

Lower, watch out for very low cost imports from USA and Europe, these grow well in first year and then do not return. One imported mix for Eur 16.99 contains 2.50 worth of wildflowers. the rest is grass and packaging.

Does DBN import wildseed for seed mixtures?

Cost of selecting from wild to grow as crops

Yes

Higher

 

No

Lower, Very few nurseries product true wildflower seeds, most sell you cultivated wildflowers, it's the difference between genetically modified and natural.

Destroy crops after 3-5 years and re-sow from wild

Yes

Higher

 

No

Lower, most but in from the few main supplier and remix or blend with cheaper species many are not wildflowers.

Grown in Ireland 

Yes

Higher

 

No

Lower

Only Pure 100% wildflower, no grasses

Yes, All our seed prices are transparent as we only sell with or with out annuals.

Higher

 

If with high proportion of Annuals the price will be lower

where mixed with grasses and annuals prices are far lower.

The amount of species in each mixture Biased towards performance with prices reflecting the variety of species Higher   very selective Lower
The percentage of each species in a mixture Biased towards highest performance Higher   Based towards cheapest to produce Lower

If the mixture contains grasses

 

 

 

 

 

Contains 80% grass seed

Yes

Lower

 

Yes

Lower

Contains 50% grass seed

Yes

Lower

 

Yes

Lower

Contains 30% grass seed

Yes

Lower

 

Yes

Lower

Contains 20% grass seed

Yes

Lower

 

Yes

Lower

Contains unsuitable non-native species (Not wild)

No

Higher

 

Yes

Lower

Contains cultivars of wild flora

No

Higher

 

Yes

Lower

Contains mainly Annuals

No our mixtures contain between 10% - 20% a few up to 40%, but these are rare or grassland species

Higher

 

Yes

Lower

Contains mainly species that are cheap to produce 

 No 

Higher

 

Yes

Lower

Contains a few easy perennials

No

Higher

 

Yes

Lower

Contains E.U. cultivars (where required by Law)

Yes, a few mixtures contain cheaper EU forbes, these are listed

Lower

 

Yes

Lower

Conforms to DAFF seed standards

Yes

Higher

 

No

Lower

DAFF, Seed testing charges in Ireland

Yes

Higher

 

-

-

Seed testing charges are free in UK & USA

-

-

 

Yes

Lower

Market size (scale of this economy)

Small

Higher

 

Large

Lower

VAT Rate 13.5%, in Ireland, and FRA in UK at 5%, But 17.5% normally in the UK.  If the company is not charging you VAT, its is either too small, which means it may not be legal, or cannot cover the high costs associated with seed handling and production of native species. 
Postage  If payment is in advance for order over Eur 100 there is no postage cost in Ireland, but watch out for charges of 8 Euro per Kilo for imports

Type of harvesting, by hand for high quality

Yes

Higher

 

Only the best Nurseries

Costs can be lower for machine only, poorer quality seed 

Type of harvesting, by machine for low quality

Yes

Lower

 

Yes

Lower

Research is Government funded

No

Higher

 

Yes

Lower

So why are Design By Nature - wildflower seed mixtures less expensive than most imported wildflower mixtures? 

Because our profit margin is lower and we are committed to our customers because we answer your calls and emails personally.

 

Wild Flower Seed Origin:
Design By Nature is the only Irish grower of Native Irish Wildflower Seed and Plants (we source our stock in the wild and then grow farm crops from wild Irish plants). 

Definitions of Seed- types - grades - production

Genetic diversity- Seed Triggers, Facts you should know about.

We are primary producers who source our seed in Ireland (Country of origin) 

When you purchase Design By Nature's - Native Irish Wildflowers, you are getting the optimum species for an Irish situation.  

Our customers include: The National Botanic Gardens, Duchas, (the Heritage service), The Environmental Protection Agency, The Department of Environment, The Office of Public Works and Teagasc.  Every County Council and tidy town group and all the major landscape contractors also buy from Design By Nature. 

 


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