Frequently asked questions

How do I sow my seeds?

Success in seed germination is determined by many factors. Good preparation is an absolute must. Please follow the instructions below or the instruction card that came with your purchase. The chosen site for planting should be well prepared before sowing. Clear any weeds, digging out roots where necessary by hand, or if preferred, a weed suppressant membrane such as old carpets, black plastic, or indeed anything that will cover the ground and reduce sunlight. Wherever possible chemical weed killers should be avoided. Once the area is clear of weeds, dig over lightly and rake to a fine tilth and allow the soil to 'sit' for 4 - 6 weeks if possible, clearing any new weed growth as it appears. Recommended sowing rate is between 1g - 5g per sq mtr: 1g per sq m for pure flower seed 5g per sq m for flower/grass seed mixtures Seeds can be sown by hand more evenly if combined with sand and sowing half lengthways, followed by half widthways. Rake lightly and firm the soil gently after sowing. Protect the site from birds if necessary with netting until germination. Water as necessary but do not over water.

What time of the year is good for sowing flower seeds?

The ideal time for sowing the flower seeds in our mixes is between mid March to the end of May. They can also be sown in mid August to mid September to flower predominantly in the following spring.

How long do the seeds take to germinate?

Usual germination, when sown in the earlier part of the year (March - May) takes about 10 - 12 weeks. Please remember to protect the seeds and seedlings from predators until well established.

Where can I find more information about plants and flowers in general?

The RHS website is a great resource to refer to for sowing flower or grass seeds. The RHS also has a list of plants and flowers that will attract pollinators.