Honeybee Wildflower Mix is the perfect mix for beekeepers, farmers and anyone concerned with the plight of the honeybee. The colorful array of annual and perennial flowers attract honeybees to vegetable gardens, fruit trees and fruiting shrubs. Beekeepers can use this mix as a food source for their hives. Customers at pick your own farms will love the flower display and over time it will lessen the need for renting bee hives. There are annual and perennial flowers that bloom spring, summer and fall in this mix. Plant in garden beds and maintained areas. This mix is not designed for wild areas.
Consists of: Basil, Blanketflower, California Poppy, Cape Forget-Me-Not, China Aster, Chinese Forget-Me-Not, Corn Poppy, French Marigold, Lacy Phacelia, Lance-Leaved Coreopsis, New England Aster, Prairie Coneflower, Purple Coneflower, Purple Prairie Clover, Rocky Mountain Penstemon, Rockcress, Scarlet Cinquefoil, Siberian Wallflower, Sulphur Cosmos, Sweet Mignonette and White Upland Aster.
Planting rate = 6-12 lbs./acre,
4 oz./1,000 sq. ft.
About Pollinator Wildflower mixes
More than one third of the food we eat needs to be pollinated by bees. There are over 4,000 species of native bees in the United States. When planting a pollinator preserve try to avoid using herbicides and pesticides. Inter-planting native grasses with our pollinator mixes provides a more diverse habitat.
General Growing Information
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 insure an early display of flowers the following spring.
Prepare soil like a vegetable garden. Remove vegetation or spray with an herbicide. Follow directions on label of herbicide if used. 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 and 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 a 5-10-5 fertilizer.
Pull weeds as soon as they can be identified. In late fall, cut plants to 5″ tall to assure continuing color. Consider overseeding every year for maximum bloom.
What to Expect
Wildflowers can provide an excellent, low cost landscaping alternative. 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.