Choosing your seeds
There are a range of options when it comes to purchasing your seeds, and seeds are readily available across the web.
We love both annuals & perennial mixes - annual mixes will bloom and look beautiful in the first year. Perennial mixes tend to have a mixture of annuals and perennials, so you get a flush of flowers in the first year and then another in the second year, usually with the grasses coming through.
Choosing a pot
Wildflowers look incredible when grown in pots. They grow well when pots have good drainage and a wide surface area - you don't need a huge amount of depth.
We're growing our wildflowers in a range of compostable 1L pots. They're nice and portable, and good for growing in small spaces.
Choosing a potting mix
Typically wildflowers don't want too much nutrients, and so you'll want to mix about 1 part compost to 5 parts top-soil - with wildflowers you can even use soil from your garden, if you're keeping your pots outside. Add a little gravel or vermiculite to help with drainage.
Box & Sprout's potting mix
We've sorted the potting mix, just like we do ever month - we've used a mix of coco coir and our Box & Sprout nutrient mix. Read on to see how to make it!
For hydrating your coco coir - use the largest bowl (or preferably largest saucepan) you have - it'll make life much easier and you can then do all the coir in one go.
Your box makes for the perfect mixing tray! Throw in your hydrated 💦 coco and add the nutrient mix. Get stuck in and mix away 👊
Sowing your seed mixes
Load up your pots with your potting mix and just gently compact it all down (but not too firm such that the roots cant grow down)! Give it a bit of water now, so that it doesn't shrink down too much when you water in the seeds.
There are two seed mixes in your kit!
- Cornfield Mix with 5 different classic wild flowers; and
- Meadow Mix with around 26 wildflower varieties.
Each of these mixes will work well in our 1L rice husk pots.
To sow, take a pinch of seeds and scatter them evenly and thinly across the surface of the pot. Then, cover with a super fine layer of soil, so they are just covered over.
You can use all your seeds, but you don't have to. You will get a jam-packed floral display either way, and if you have any excess you can always sow them outdoors somewhere as an extra experiment!
Water regularly (ideally every day) and keep the soil moist - without being soggy. Then, just give your plants as much light as you can! 🌞