Maintaining a Wildflower Meadow or Garden

Wildflowers in a meadow - Boston Seeds


  • The nurse grasses will be the first to establish within a few weeks, they will be quite open to allow the wildflower seeds to germinate in the spaces around the younger grass seedlings.


  • The germination of wildflower species will vary - some may take only a few weeks, while others may take several months depending on the sowing time.  


  • While young wildflower plants are establishing, the grass will need to be kept reasonably tidy. In the first year of sowing, the nurse grasses will require to be cut twice during spring at 5 cm, remain uncut during the summer, then a further couple of cuts in the autumn, again at 5 cm.


  • Depending on the mixture and time of year sown, it is unlikely that any of the perennial flowers will appear during the first year of establishment.


  • It is possible to have a "splash" of colour during the first year if the Cornfield Annuals mixture is incorporated at the same time of sowing.


  • Once the flowers are established during the second year, there is a slight change to the cutting regime in that the first cut in the autumn should be done without the mower box attached, thus allowing the mature seed heads to shed their seed back into the soil.


  • Leave for 2 - 3 weeks. During this time, the seed heads will dry out and release seed back into the soil, the final cut will tidy the whole area and remove any dead material.


  • It is important to return the fresh seed from each year's harvest back into your soil, as this will help to maintain a regular supply of new plants for future years.