Ornamental & Landscape
- Recreating Traditional Wildflower Areas
- Most Soil Types
Annual, 100% Cornfield Flower Seed Mix, a popular mixture which recreates the traditional wild flowers that used to thrive in cornfields prior to the advent of modern farming practices especially in their reliance on herbicides.
Please note that these flowers are annuals and need to be sown onto disturbed land for best results.
55% Corn Cockle Agrostemma githago
17.5% Corn Marigold Chrysanthemum segetum
12.5% Cornflower Centaurea Cyanus
10% Common Poppy Papaver Rhoeas
5% Corn Chamomile Anthemis Arvensis
Cornfield Annuals Mixture Management Guidelines
As the name suggests, Cornfield mixtures have been developed to re-create the traditional wild flowers that used to thrive in cereal fields prior to the advent of modern farming practices and their reliance on herbicides. It is important to note that this type of mixture is not designed for sowing in or with grass as the flowers will struggle to compete. The species of seed used also need yearly soil disturbance to germinate and so a grass sward is not suitable. Once established an annual bed can be maintained for many years.
When to sow: Sow as early as possible – March or April. Alternatively, sow in the early autumn.
Sowing: Cultivate the ground to provide a fine, weed-free seedbed. Firm the ground if necessary. Sow at the rate of 2gm per square metre. You may find it easier to mix the seed with 4 parts dry sand to 1 part wild flowers. Agitate the bag at regular intervals to ensure that seed does not all congregate at the bottom. The seed should be divided into 2 and sown at right angles so there is an even spread. Rake the seed in lightly.
Maintenance: At the end of the summer, when flowering has finished, ensure that all seed is shaken from the mature plants as you pull them up. Remove any grass and other unwanted plants from the area before raking it level in order to provide conditions suitable for germination. Most species will germinate and establish within a few weeks, although some may not appear until the following spring. Some thinning out may be necessary. New seed may need to be sown into the area for the first 2 or 3 years to build up a really sound plant population.