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Monarch Butterfly Mix
Planting rate = 6-12 lbs./acre, 5 oz./1000 sq. ft.
1 oz. [Price $7.95]
1/4 lb. [Price $24.95]
1 lb. [Price $59.95]
5 lb. [Price $219.00]
The plight of the Monarch butterflies is caused by loss of habitat due to development and farming. By encouraging home owners and businesses to create stunning Monarch habitats, we are hoping to reverse the damage that has been done. This mix provides nectar for adult Monarch butterflies and food for their caterpillars. This beautiful mix is adapted to all regions of the continental United States and is a combination of native and garden flowers.
Consists of: Butterfly Milkweed, Candytuft, Cosmos, Gayfeather, Hoary Vervain, Indian Blanket, Marigold, Mexican Sunflower, Rocket Larkspur, Purple Coneflower, Siberian Wallflower, Smooth Aster, Sulphur Cosmos, Sweet Alyssum, Zinnia.
Planting rate = 12-24 lbs/acre,
8 oz./1,000 sq. ft.
All of our wildflowers are pure, live seed. No filler has been added.
GENERAL GROWING INFORMATION
POLLINATOR PRESERVE WILDFLOWER PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS
WHEN TO PLANT
The best time to plant in your area depends on the climate and rainfall patterns as well as the species you are planting. In cool climates, plant annuals, perennials or mixtures of annuals and perennials in spring, early summer or late fall. Fall plantings should be late enough so that seeds do not germinate until spring. Perennials can also be sown in early fall provided that there are at least 10-12 weeks of growing time before the plants go dormant for the winter. Late fall plantings are advantageous when supplemental irrigation cannot be provided and adequate rainfall is anticipated in the spring. In mild climates, plant during the cooler months of the year, fall through spring, for best results. Fall plantings done prior to periods of rainfall will ensure an early display of flowers the following spring.
Prepare soil like a vegetable garden. If you are planting into good topsoil you only need to remove existing vegetation and loosen the soil. For areas where topsoil has been removed, washed away or compacted, remove vegetation by smothering with mulch, pulling or digging/tilling the soil. We do not recommend using herbicides to prepare a pollinator preserve. If you do use herbicides please follow directions on label. Loosen soil 2" deep and rake smooth.
Broadcast seeds evenly by hand or with a grass seed spreader. Mixing seed with sand (use clean builders sand, not play sand) or vermiculite facilitates even distribution. Rake seeds lightly into soil, about 1/8" deep.
WATER & FERTILIZATION
Keep consistently moist 4-6 weeks, then gradually reduce water to 1/2" per week. Do not water fall plantings until spring. If soil is poor, apply weed free compost.
Pull weeds as soon as they can be identified. We do not recommend cutting down dormant vegetation in pollinator preserves. Some pollinators live in and lay their eggs in dead plant stalks. Once plants are established in a pollinator preserve there should be no rototilling or ploughing of the soil. Consider overseeding every year for maximum bloom.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Wildflowers can provide excellent, low cost landscaping. However, during their initial establishment period, wildflowers require as much maintenance as traditional plantings. A wildflower planting requires the same weed control measures as traditional landscaping.
New England Seed Company is committed to helping gardeners and farmers preserve the bees we need to produce our food. See this link* for more information:
Our pollinator mixes are an easy starting point for creating a pollinator preserve. If you are interested in planting trees and shrubs for your pollinator preserve or want to learn more please follow these links*:
* These links will take you off the NE Seed website. NE Seed is not responsible for the content of external websites.
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