FAQs: Frequently Asked
I am starting
do I grow wildflowers? The simple starting point is our on line
quote form, it asks you about the
situation in which you want to grow wildflowers and then we quote a seed
or plant mixture to suit your site. Online
quote Site Survey Pre sowing Details.DBN has
seed mixtures for shade, wet, fertile and difficult soils and
The best place to start growing wildflowers is in full sun, on poor
to normal soil which is weed free and clean.
Never bury seed, keep it to surface.
If you live outside the E.U. you will be required to orders using a
seed or plant import licence. If inside the E.U. then we can ship ASAP.
Do I need to turn the soil, by plough or cultivation ?
No, you may not need to turn the soil, (most cases). Provided
the site has no serious weed problem, all that is required is for you to
kill of the surface vegetation and sow the seed, Then rake and or roll
the seed into the surface of the ground.
You do not have to dig the
soil. just have it weed free (all vegetation) and rake or scratch the
Wildflowers can be sown into existing weed free
grass or old meadows, where the fertility is low. see advice
If your site has weeds such as Dock, Couch
Nettle, Thistle, White Clover and Rosebay or Greater willow herb, then
you will have to kill off the weeds and bury the weed seeds that are
resting on the surface.
If you have perennial weeds, dock, couch,
nettle, creeping buttercup, gorse, rush, thistle or worse, then kill
them off and start on clean ground.
If you have just grass, cut it away, rake or harrow to expose 50% bare
soil and sow, then rake or roll seed into surface
If you need to clean up, renew and level your site then Plough.
How much seed will I
The normal sowing rate is 1.5 grams per metre. use
can use as low as 1gram but rarely do higher sowing rates apply, as big
species if sown at higher rates swamp smaller species. ie Using more seed is counter productive as the
larger plants kill off the smaller ones
Please note, wildflower may contain 100% wildflower seed or can be
supplied with a percentage of grass seed, so the sowing rates will be
price will I pay for wild flower seed?
VAT 13.5%.is applied as well as postage for
Price varies within the full range
This price per gram equates X 1.5 times the price per metre at
00.0015 (1.5) grams per metre when sown.
The cost of wildflower seed mixed with grass seed can be advertised
as low as Euro 00. 05 per gram. Please check the percentage of
grass seed in such ineffective mixtures, while we will supply seed at
80% grass 20% flora we recommend always working out the price at pure
wildflower seed per metre than add the cost of grass seed which is
How long will I have to wait until the seed germinates ?
perfect growing conditions we have waited as little as 2 weeks,
normally the meadow mixture starts growing after 6 weeks and some
species will germinate when nature provides the optimal conditions.
However 50% of seed supplied should have germinated by 8 weeks.
sown seed may not germinate until spring. Mid Summer sown seed until
Year 1 = Annuals, Year 2 = Biennials, Year 3 = Perennials
In all cases the mixture may not flower so well in the third year as the
long-term perennials are only developing, they will start to flower & grow
bigger & better after the third year.
How often do I have
to cut a wildflower meadow ?
Once in the first year, at the end of summer. In the second year cut
in spring and again in August. In the third year cut in spring and again
in late July.
By the fourth year and onward, unless grassy, cut one at the end of
Meadows sown with grass require a different option.
I sow seeds into an existing lawn?
Yes, but you will require a specialist mixture, standard seed mixtures
containing Annuals and biennials are unsuitable. Seek advice mailto:DBN
seed mixtures does not require any special treatment.
Individual seed to be scarified (rubbed with sand paper to break
Cranesbills, Meadow pea, Rest harrow, Vetches.
Individual seed to be stratified (cold treated to break seed
Agrimony, Angelica, Bellflowers, Bittersweet, Bluebell, Bryony Cuckoo
Garlic Mustard, Globe flower, Hay rattle, Hemp agrimony, Iris, Marsh
marigold, Meadowsweet, Monkshood, Primula species, Ramsons, Sweet
cicely, Violets, Wood Sage.
Q. I understand that DBN sell 100% pure wildflower mixtures
without grass seed, my question is, are there any seed mixtures available with grass seed?
A. Yes, specialist grasses
are suitable with almost every wildflower seed mixture. do not sow
perennial rye grass as it is far too vigorous.
There are a few flowery exceptions, If ordering the following mixtures ( woodland, annuals and orchard mix) our customers should
be advised that these three mixtures grow best without grass seed, but there are occasions when grass is used so to answer the question again YES all our mixtures can be supplied with grass seed, but are you sure you need grass seed?.
Throughout this web there are references to the merits and de-merits of
not using grasses with wildflowers. It depends on what seed mixtures you
are sowing and what you wish to achieve.
One recommendation that we
always make is to sow grass seed with wildflowers on pathways through the
meadow. Use 50% grass - 50% Flora.
Where a lawn meets a wildflower meadow
the front part of the wildflower meadow needs to be kept looking very 'Grassy'
green to match the lawn, in such cases we suggest using our low growing
wildflower mixture with 20% grass.
wildflower seed mixture can be supplied mixed with grasses or packed so the
grasses are kept separate. Advice should be sought according to what you
wish to achieve.