How to grow wildflowers – getting prepared
Before you start sowing the seeds of your wildflower haven, there are a few things you’ll need to take into consideration:
Finding the right spot: Wildflowers love the sun, so whether you’ll be growing yours inside or outside, pick an area that has a plenty of sunlight to ensure that they can thrive.
Soil quality: Native wildflowers, like primrose and cowslip, bloom best in nutrient-poor soils, so you’ll want to reduce the soil fertility before planting seedlings or sowing seeds for your wildflower garden. To do this, just remove the top layer of soil, or if you want to use your lawn, mow the grass and remove the clippings.
Picking the right seeds: When it comes to picking the right wildflower seeds, you’ll want to do your research. For beginners, why not opt for the ox-eyed daisy, yarrow or cornflower? These species of wildflowers are easy to grow from seed and are the perfect pollinators for bees and butterflies. Plus, you can enjoy them from early spring to late autumn. Remember to use only UK species to help support as much of our native wildlife as possible. Certain pollinators need UK wildflowers to survive and introducing non-native wildflowers can lead to other species out-competing local wildflowers.