When To Plant Wildflowers

Many of our readers want to know when to plant wildflowers. If you want them to grow in the spring, plant them in the fall once you have had your first hard freeze if you live in a place where it gets cold. If you live in the south, like we do, plant them at the beginning of the fall rainy season, sometime in October when it has cooled off.

When I (Juanita) lived in upstate New York, we never planted flowers. New spring flowers would automatically come up as the snow melted. It was always exciting to see the first pretty flowers shoot up through the ground in late March and early April! Right behind our yard there was a meadow filled with wildflowers, mostly daisies--still my favorite flower today. I would spend hours up there in the spring and summer. There were also black-eyed susans and other wildflowers that I do not remember the names of.

Autumn is the best time to plant wildflower seeds because this season is when flowers and other plants drop their seeds naturally. The seeds will lie dormant during the cold or cooler months and then will be ready to germinate in early spring.

If you wait until spring to plant, you won't have much of a garden of wildflowers. I have tried this and not much comes up because it is too late. If you plant in late spring, the summer heat will usually zap the delicate spring flowers and they will perish almost before they have grown.

We have some beautiful varieties so you can plant wildflowers now for next spring.

Prepare the ground just as you would for spring planting and plant your seeds, making sure that your seeds touch the bare ground.  Work the soil if you are planting your seeds in a flower bed. Plant the seeds in your flower bed and do not water. Do not cover the seeds with dirt. Walk over them or use a lawn roller so the seeds do not blow away. Covering them with dirt will make it more difficult for the wildflowers to come up next spring. The seeds should lie dormant all winter long. When spring comes, you will have gorgeous spring wildflowers.

If you are growing flowers in a meadow, rake the area and make sure there is plenty of bare dirt. Do not just toss your seeds on top of grass or they will not grow. Drop your seeds onto the bare ground and do not water. Then walk over them to push them into the ground or use a lawn roller on them so the seeds do not blow away. The seeds are supposed to lie dormant all winter long. The rain and snow will push them down into the dirt and when spring comes, you will have gorgeous spring wildflowers.

Important Note: Do not sprinkle seeds on a hill as they will be washed away by rainstorms during the rainy season.

Whether you plant in a flower bed or in a meadow or large yard, do not use much fertilizer, plant the seeds in a sunny location, and be sure that you can get to the area with a hose for good watering if you do not get much spring rain.

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