Special General Meadow Seed Mix

Special General Meadow Seed Mix

Origin: UK (certified grasses)

Soil Type: Loam or clay

Seeding rate: 4g per square metre

Approximate flowers:grasses ratio: 30:70

Species mix: Please see below

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Special General Meadow Seed Mix

This premium seed mix consists of a range of native meadow species commonly occurring throughout most of the UK on loamy or clay soils. They enjoy full sun. Have a look at our other mixes if you have different conditions on your site! Wildflower meadows are one of the richest, most interesting and attractive habitats in the UK, which hasn't stopped us from destroying most of them. Thank you for doing your bit to put a little bit of them back.

About This Wildflower Meadow Seed Mix

The wildflower seeds in the mix are sustainably harvested from plants in the UK, so they not only have UK provenance, they also have British origin. They include poppies and cornflowers, which strictly speaking aren't meadow species, but will give colour in the first year of establishment until the perennial meadow wildflowers get going. The grasses are guaranteed certified. The mix will give you a really good basis to start a meadow area, and has a relatively high (30%) wildflower element for a generic mix.

There are full instructions on the back of the packet, but in essence it's easy to get the seed started off. Weed the area you want to seed. Wait until the soil is moist and warm, usually spring or late summer / autumn. Hand broadcast - you'll have to do it by hand because the seeding rate is so low. Don't panic if you think you've screwed up - 4g/square metre is twenty times less than the rate you might seed your lawn at. Add some sand if you're nervous about using too much seed too quickly. Once you sown the seed, don't bury it; just gently roll or tread in to ensure good contact with the soil. That's it.

You can expect to receive your seed within five working days of placing an order.

Species making up over 4% of the mix are shown in bold.

Wildflower Species:

Yarrow Achillea millefolium

Common Knapweed Centaurea nigra

Wild Carrot Daucus carota

Hedge Bedstraw Galium mollugo

Lady's Bedstraw Galium verum

Oxeye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare

Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus

Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata

Cowslip Primula veris

Meadow Buttercup Ranunculus acris

Yellow Rattle Rhinanthus minor

Common Sorrel Rumex acetosa

Red Campion Silene dioica

White Campion Silene alba

Cornflower Centaurea cyanus

Field poppy Papaver rhoeas


Common bent Agrostis capillaris

Chewings fescue Festuca rubra subsp. commutata

Highland bent Agrostis castellana

Native Fescues

Supplier: All Things Rural

Is My Site Suitable?

If you want to make a meadow you'll need a sunny site with relatively poor soil. Why poor soil? It's not so much that wildflowers don't like fertility, just that weeds like it more! You will have a constant battle on your hands with weeds like Dock and Nettle. If soil fertility has been improved artificially you can reduce it before starting; some people grow a crop of potatoes in the season before they start, others invert the soil so that relatively infertile subsoil is on top and the topsoil is buried.

When Do I Seed?

You can seed in spring or autumn - whenever it's wet and warm. If you seed in the spring make sure your seedlings don't conk out in a dry spell in summer, so keep them watered. If you have heavy ground don't seed too late in the autumn, as the seed will just sit on the ground and rot. If you sow in autumn you'll get some germination that season and some in the spring aftrerwards from species which need a prolonged period of cold to trigger it. These include Yellow Rattle, Rhinanthus minor. Apart from the Rattle please remember that the species in most of our mixes are all perennials and won't flower in their first year of establishment.

What Preparation Do I Need to Do?

There's no short cut here - you really need a seedbed which is clear of weeds and existing grass. Don't cheat! Firstly, your new seed needs to have light and contact with the bare ground. Second, it is much, MUCH more difficult to deal with unwelcome plants once the plants you do want are established. It's best to physically remove all existing vegetation and then rotovate/hoe any seedlings that come up. Then do it again! Rake the seedbed over to get rid of any lumps, detritus and stones.

Ready to sow

How Do I Seed?

The seed mixes we sell typically need sowing at 4g per square metre. This is not a lot! It's a good idea to add something like sand to the seed, so you don't end up running out of seed half way through your project. Don't be tempted to think the seeding rate is too low and seed at a much higher rate - you'll end up looking at a lawn; the wildflowers in the mix need space. Mark out the area you want to seed into squares using canes to help get an even covering. Scatter the seed / sand on the surface of the soil - don't bury it - and tread / roll in to make sure the contact with it is good. I would just scatter by hand unless you have a large area to cover, and do two passes - one North / South and one West / East, if you see what I mean.

How Do I Manage my Meadow Area?

Contrary to popular belief, this is not as time consuming or difficult as managing a lawn. Make sure the seedlings don't dry out. Pull out any weeds you see appearing. Early on, these will be things like thistle, mayweed, dock and nettle. All of these plants have value for wildlife, but they will take over given half the chance! Start mowing or grazing your meadow area from late July. This helps light reach the wildflowers, which typically form leaves close to the ground, and stops weeds from seeding. Don't be tempted to wait and wait before cutting it as the grass will just get thicker and thicker and fall over; it MUST be cut before September. Keep the meadow area cut or grazed from then until say early March. If you're cutting it, remove the cuttings. That's it!

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