Native Bees & Butterflies Wildflower Seed Mix (No Grass)MSB25
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A selection of wildflower seeds selected to attract Bees and Butterflies and help maintain and encourage the UK Bee population to thrive.
Butterfly & Bee mix contains twenty six native British wildflower species, consisting of mainly perennial species and a handful of annual and biennial species to create a permanent area of abundant wildflowers.
The species included in this mixture create an attractive display from May to October and is suitable for creating habitats for bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects. It contains a wide range of species to create a diverse environment and range of food to support local wildlife
Why Sow Wildflowers?
Wildflowers are a very important part of our everyday life providing a rich, colourful and diverse ecological habitat for many insects and wildlife. They also offer great aesthetic value to enhance the natural beauty of the British countryside, motorway networks, parkland and gardens.
Over the past 50 years, the number of traditional wildflower meadows has dramatically declined which has resulted in a noted decrease of British Insects. For pollination to take place, we need the ideal flowers to attract those all-important bees, ensuring plants become fertilised and reproduce.
Mixtures contain high proportions of recommended of NATIVE WILDFLOWERS on the Royal Horticultural Society’s list of plants which are ‘Perfect Pollinators’.
Native Wild Flowers are important to all of us:
The rich and varied wildflower species suited to our climate provides a flowering period from spring through to autumn creating a colourful environment whilst providing a vital habitat for wildlife.
PREPARATION and ESTABLISHMENT
- Remove all existing weeds, if necessary use weed killer, only sow four weeks after applying.
- If the area has been overgrown with weeds for several years, it is important to reduce the number of weed seeds in the soil, it may be necessary therefore to allow time for the first flush of weeds to germinate then remove before attempting to sow any wildflowers.
- Wildflowers prefer a poor soil with low nutrients, so remember not to apply fertiliser.
- Once the weeds have been removed prepare soil to a fine tilth for sowing your wildflowers.
- Try not to disturb the soil any further as this may bring more weed seeds to the surface.
- Choose a wildflower mixture suitable for your soil conditions, if uncertain, remember to think what your soil is like during the growing period from March – October (most soils during the winter can be heavy and wet).
- Sowing times can be any time during the period end-March – end October the ideal time being autumn but avoid the hot summer months.
- Sow seed at 5g/m2, it should not be necessary to rake the seed over as the light helps germination on many species.
- To assist sowing, it’s advisable to mix the wildflower seed in the bag prior to sowing, small seed will always travel to the bottom of the bag.). This will help distribute the seed mixture.
- The nurse grasses will appear within 7 – 10 days; the wildflowers may vary depending upon species – some may take only a few weeks, while others can take several months.
- Cornfield Annuals flower the same year if sown during the spring or the previous autumn.
- Perennial wildflowers will establish during the first year of sowing and flower in year two.
Sowing Rate: 2 gms/m2
|100% Wildflowers||26 Species|
|Common Name||Species Name||%|
|Agrimony, Hemp||Eupatorium cannabinum||1.0|
|Bird’s Foot Trefoil||Lotus corniculatus||2.0|
|Clover, Red||Trifolium pratense||3.0|
|Clover, White||Trifolium repens||1.0|
|Knapweed, Greater||Centaurea scabiosa||5.0|
|Musk Mallow||Malva moschata||5.0|
|Oxeye Daisy||Leucanthemum vulgare||5.0|
|Poppy, Field||Papaver rhoes||5.0|
|Scabious, Field||Knautia Arvensis||7.0|
|Scabious, Small||Scabiosa columbaria||3.0|
|Vetch, Kidney||Anthyllis vulneraria||2.0|
|Viper’s Bugloss||Echium vulgare||2.0|
|Meadow Cranesbill||Geranium pratense||1.0|
|Ragged Robin||Lychnis flos-cuculi||2.0|
|Purple Loosetrife||Lythrum salicaria||1.0|
|Knapweed, Common||Centaurea nigra||6.0|
|Wild Clary||Salvia verbenaca||4.0|
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