Wildflowers come in a variety of colors and species, and you can find them in just about every state. They're easy to grow and add a beautiful pop of color to any garden. Wildflowers also attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds that can bring your outside garden to life. Depending on the season, there are different methods that should be followed when it comes to planting wildflowers. Read on to learn more about the best methods for planting them by season.
Spring is definitely the best time to plant most wildflowers, and your packet of wildflower seed mixes most likely says to begin planting when the danger of frost has passed. Before you plant them, now is a good time to remove all weeds and create the optimum area for the flowers to be planted. Keep in mind that when you plant the wildflower seeds, you should not till or move the soil until they've begun to sprout and create strong roots, otherwise you run the risk of moving the fragile seeds around before they've had a chance to become established. There should be enough rain during the spring to not have to water them as much as you may need to during hotter or colder months.
Fall is another good season for wildflower planting. Species like the Black-eye Susan grow well during this time of year because the seeds have dropped from the old plants that have dried up from the previous season and begin to flourish during the fall. Most wildflower seeds planted in the fall should begin to sprout well before winter. Anything you plant during the fall should experience an earlier bloom that can appear several weeks earlier the following spring. Water your wildflowers more often in the fall since the cool air can dry the soil out.
Most areas of the US can handle wildflower growth during the summer with the exception of regions where the temperature stays at a steady eighty degrees or higher on most days. Temperatures this high can cause wildflowers to dry out and die. Extreme temperatures can also prevent seed germination from happening, so you may want to wait to plant until fall. Depending on your zone, planting wildflower seeds should be fine in the summer for areas where the evenings are cooler. Just be sure the soil stays moist and water them regularly.
Winter is not usually a good month to plant wildflowers in zones where the temperatures are extremely cold. However, in states like Florida or parts of California, planting them during this time is an option. If they have enough time to get established during the winter months, they can produce some incredibly beautiful blooms by the time spring arrives. Consider your particular zone and what your average temperatures are like for each season so you can choose the best time of year to plant wildflowers.