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Why buy prairie flower seed?
Wildflowers are trusted beauties that come back year after year. Prairie flowers provide
superior variety in bloom colors and heights.
These plants are equipped with evolved stamina that manifests in many plant textures.
Certain species need pretreatment required before germination can occur. These
eco-friendly flowers use less care than non-native flowers; such as zinnias and petunias.
The native wildflowers save native life through robust production of pollen and nectar.
For instance, Bumble bees and butterflies having to try and feed off non-native flowers are
not well nourished.
A critical evolutionary link exists between native plants and native insects and song birds.
Furthermore, prairie wildflowers protect the environment from pollutants. The roots
automatically capture carbon from the air and transfer it down into the soil where it is locked
away. Excess rainfall is absorbed by the higher dense root systems where moisture content
in the soil is cleansed and timely released down into the aquifer. Prairie wildflowers evolved
adaptability to help conserve water and withstand high summer temperatures without wilt
dying. Consequently, establishing prairie wildflowers is one way to adapt to Climate Change.
A renewable characteristic, prairie wildflowers save money, too - with no need to buy
replacement flowers the following year. A variety of prairie wildflowers include annuals that
re-seed and perennials that return the next year; yet, also re-seed.
An added bonus, some prairie wildflowers are used in making delightful tea beverages.
Bursting with flavour, distinct and mouthwatering herbal teas for you to enjoy fresh from
your garden using flowers; such as, Bee Balm.
All prairie wildflowers may be planted successfully in late fall.
Plant prairie wildflowers in the late fall to maximize
germination rates. When the seed goes through a cold winter
shock the seed coatings break down and seed dormancy is
unlocked. When planting in the late fall, no pretreatment of
the seed is required. Germination and early growth occurs
with spring time's more ample moisture; thus, no watering is
Spring or summer planting
Many species require pretreatment of the seed prior to
planting in the spring or summer. Seeds will germinate when
soil temperature reaches 69 degrees; usually in 10-28 days, a
few prairie wildflower species may take up to 45 days.
* Some moisture must be in the soil for the seeds to germinate.
* Adult prairie plants can tolerate dry spells.
* However, very young plants are vulnerable to drought.
* If no rain occurs for five or so days; assist very young juvenile
plants with a watering.
* Broad View's flowers for sale do well in Mesic* to Dry Mesic soils.
* Persistent Wet ( not damp, but wet ) soil does harm to some species
of prairie wildflower plants.
* Mesic definition: medium moist soil conditions, loam soil
Mesic is the most common soil found in the Tall Prairie Region -- eastern
Nebraska, Iowa, southern Minnesota, north/central Illinois, parts of
southern Wisconsin, and northern Missouri.
Establishing flower plants: