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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Due to the relative unfamiliarity with wildflower installations among both novice and experienced gardeners, we have compiled the most frequently asked questions on the topic. However, if your particular inquiry is not addressed below, please do not hesitate to Contact Us for further assistance

If, after consulting the list below, you still have questions, please feel free to email us at: service@edenbrothers.com, or call us at (888) 333 - 6276. We are here to help you out.

 

What are the differences between annuals, perennials, and biennials?

 

What are the pros and cons of annuals and perennials?

 

Will annuals "re-seed" themselves?

 

When is the best time to plant?

 

After planting, how long will it take to see bloom?

 

Can I plant wildflower seeds in the shade?

 

Do I need to add potting soil or fertilizer?

 

Will wildflowers grow in my region?

 

How much seed do I need?

 

I'm not able to plant my seeds this season, will they still be fresh for next year?

 

After sowing, do I need to water my site?

 


What are the differences between annuals, perennials, and biennials?


Annuals: Blooms the first year from seed and then dies at the end of its bloom cycle. Will often, but not reliably "re-seed" and bloom again the following - and subsequent - years.

Perennials: Establishes a root system in year one, and blooms the following year. If established amidst suitable conditions, perennials will typically provide several years of abundant growth.

Biennials: A tricky and unpredictable sort, a biennial grows leaves during its first season, blooms it's second, and then generally dies. Depending on climactic conditions, however, will sometimes behave as either an annual or perennial.


What are the pros and cons of annuals and perennials?


Though many gardeners tend to consider perennials superior to annuals because of their longevity, the reality is that the most successful wildflower meadows are achieved by combining the two. It is this complimentary synthesis (and biennials as well) that we feel usually results in the most successful, attractive, and affordable wildflower gardens.

The annuals tend to be the most colorful, and also provide the "instant gratification" of first year bloom. They also tend to bloom much longer (a few months vs. a few weeks) and are generally less expensive. The downside, of course, is that they will typically last only one season. The perennials, on the other hand, provide lasting color for successive years, but do not establish bloom until the season after which they were planted.


Will annuals "re-seed" themselves?


Some annuals will re-seed themselves (and sometimes quite generously), but they cannot be relied on to do this with any degree of consistency. Soil conditions, rainfall, temperature and just basic luck will all play a roll in whether or not annuals will return for a second or subsequent seasons. If you want to see your favorite annuals each season, it is recommended that you sow them each season.

 


When is the best time to plant my seeds?


Wildflower seed can be sown in Spring, Summer, or Fall. For more information regarding the optimum planting time, please refer to our Planting Info section.


How long will it take after planting, to see bloom?


For sites that have received proper rainfall, you should begin to see the earliest blooms about 6 - 10 weeks after planting. Of course, the exact dates will vary considerably based on many conditions, most notably the type of seeds you've planted. If you've planted one of our mixtures, you should see a continual succession of bloom through the season until frost.


Can I plant wildflower seeds in the shade?


Many wildflowers that we offer can tolerate shade, and if so, it is indicated next to that particular species on this website. However, in all but a few select cases, those wildflowers that can tolerate some shade, will still generally prefer as much sun as possible. A 1/2 day of direct sunlight or a whole day of lightly filtered sunlight is required. If you do have a shady area and are determined to plant wildflowers there, we recommend our Partial Shade Wildflower Mixture, but again, reliable results should only be expected if you have some daily access to sunlight.


Do I need to add potting soil or fertilizer?


In almost all cases, it is NOT necessary to fertilize or add potting soil to your installation site. After all, wildflowers are "wild", and don't really need or want to be pampered like many other hybrid flowers. Often times, enriching your soil with fertilizer or potting soil may actually have a reverse effect, and invite more unwanted weeds and grasses that may have otherwise been avoided.


Will wildflowers grow in my region?


The species and mixtures featured on this website are, for the most part, suitable for almost all regions of North America. Of course, some species will perform better in certain regions than others, and our regional mixtures are designed to accentuate these benefits. Likewise, each species page lists it's preferred zones. If you are unsure of your particular gardening zone, you can access the USDA Zone Map here.


How much seed do I need?


Determining how much seed to plant on your chosen site is an inexact - and sometimes perplexing - task. But don't fret! The fact is that there are no right and wrong answers to this question, just honest recommendations which you will find on every product page throughout this website. For more information on this topic, please refer to the Planting Info page or feel free to contact us with further questions.


If I'm not able to plant this season, will my seeds still be fresh for next year?


Yes! Though the germination rate of all seeds do decrease over time, we promise that all seeds from Eden Brothers will be the freshest to be found anywhere. As such, all our seeds will still produce solid results a year or more after you've received them. If you're not able to plant during the same season in which they were purchased, just keep your seeds in a cool and dry place and they will be perfectly fine for planting during the next growing season.


After sowing, do I need to water my site?


In many cases, the rainfall provided by Mother Nature will be more than sufficient for your seedlings to sprout and become beautiful wildflowers. However, if you are planting in a particularly arid area, or you're planting during a particularly dry season, it is always advisable to water regularly until the flowers burst into bloom.