Q: How area does one pound of wildflower seed cover when establishing a new area?
A: A pound should cover roughly 6,000 square feet (at 7 pounds per acre).
Q: what are the plants in this mix?
A: Mix contents vary from year to year (and batch to batch). As of 1-24-17, it contains aromatic aster, milkweeds, blue wild indigo, poppy mallow, coreopsis, prairie clover, pale-purple coneflower, yellow coneflower, gumweed, western sunflower, bottlebrush blazing star, MO primrose, purple beardtongue, black-eyed susan, blue sage, goldenrod, and several other species.
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Q: Can the Dry Shallow Soil seed mix be scattered on overgrown pasture that has not been mowed for several years?
A: No, the seed needs good seed-to-soil contact and plenty of light in order to germinate. It cannot be sown into thick, pre-existing vegetation.
You should expect to spend a year on site preparation for the best results. Work on ridding the site of fescue, weeds, and unwanted vegetation.
Find more details here: http://mowildflowers.net/Seeding-Wildflowers-and-Native-Grasses_b_2.html
Q: when do you plant the shallow and deep wildflower seeds? do they come with instructions
A: Many native perennial seeds need to go through a moist, cold period in order to germinate. The time required varies by species but we recommend you sow the seed any time between late November and late January. Copy and paste this link into your address bar for more information: http://mowildflowers.net/Seeding-Wildflowers-and-Native-Grasses_b_2.html
Q: What would be cost for seed to litely seed acre and 1 /2 just seed mix have lot being tax commarshal want to use for agriculture for taxes. Sow in wild flower to show farming for seed. ??
A: I'm not sure if I understand your question, but: At 6 pounds per acre (a light seeding rate) you would need 9 pounds of our seed mix. We could sell this at $80/lb. The subtotal would be $720. If you want to grow wildflowers to harvest and sell the seed, you might consider choosing a few species that are easy to harvest and are marketable.
Q: how shallow or deep should these be planted? Also if I am trying to kill off other thick vegetation to plant what do you suggest to use that is safe other than round-up?
A: The seeds should be sown on the surface of bare soil between late November and late January. Nature will work the seeds into the soil to the appropriate depth.
The next most effective, unobtrusive method for removing thick vegetation is to smother it. If you have access to old carpet and don't mind looking at a carpet-covered landscape for several weeks, you can kill weeds by depriving them of sunlight. Weed barrier, black plastic, cardboard, etc. can all be used smother plants.
You can also till the area, but this will likely expose weed seeds that happily germinate shortly afterward. You'll have to till the area multiple times this season as the weeds continue to germinate. Just prevent them from getting established or maturing to the point that they disperse more seeds.
Q: Would you recommend this seed mix for full sun rock garden?
A: This mix has species that will prefer full sun and shallow, well-drained soil. If your rock garden meets those conditions, then it should work.
Q: Is this a mixture of shallow rooted native plants that can be planted around a septic lagoon? I am looking for a non grass ground cover there with shallow roots so it won't damage the banks of the lagoon. Thank you
A: They aren't necessarily shallow rooted, but they can grow in shallow soil. Some of them may grow a deep tap root so that they can survive the typically dry conditions of Missouri's glades and dry prairies.
Q: We live in Pittsburg KS (Southeast) and have an open area about 15 feet by 20 feet and want to naturalize with wildflowers to attract pollinators. We do not spray our yard. Is this a good mix for what we have in mind? If yes, how much seed do we need? Will you provide planting instructions as well? Thank you.
A: This would be a good mix if the soil is thin and rocky. You might need a half ounce. It should be in stock again this fall.
Q: I want to convert the area by my shed (about 6'x15') into a native wildflower area for pollinators. Gets 6+ hrs of sun and no foot traffic. Would this be a good seed mix for that?
A: If the soil is thin and drains well, and the site gets afternoon sun, this would be a good mix. If the soil is pretty good, you might want the deep soil mix.
Q: Do you offer a mix for a dry woodland hillside, north facing, mixture of sun & shade?
A: The closest thing would be our savanna mix.
Q: I am reseeding an area 50ft x 40 ft and dry/shallow seems like the right choice but I already have a lot of common milkweed & Blue Indigo - can I get the mix without these and possibly include more purple coneflower? Butterfly weed or whorled milkweed ok.
A: No, we don't have any without those two already mixed in. However, the indigo only makes up 0.33% of the current mix (10/21/20) and the milkweed is 0.75%; or 1 indigo every 10 feet and one milkweed every 4.5 feet.
Q: Would this do well on or around a pond dam?
A: It contains a lot of glade species that grow in thin, rocky soil. So, if your pond dam isn't made up of good, rich topsoil, it will probably be fine. There are probably a few species that won't thrive on the dam, but the mix has a large number of species that will grow in a variety of conditions and aren't necessarily "glade" specific; they occur on glades, but they also occur on a variety of other sites.