How to Plant Wildflowers From Seed


Wildflowers are found in cool shade to hot sun, and very moist to drought-dry soil. Depending on where you wish to grow your wildflowers, a wide assortment of seeds is available to fit your landscape needs. Whether you choose a mixture of wildflowers or individual plant seeds, preparing the planting location and sowing the seeds correctly will guarantee your yard will soon be bursting with color.

Location Preparation

Step 1

Select where you want your wildflowers to grow. The location should be similar to wildflowers' natural environment.

Step 2

Remove the weeds and natural grasses growing in the area to be seeded. You can do this two ways. For the environmentally conscious, use a shovel, or garden hoe, to cultivate the soil to a depth of 3 or 4 inches. This will remove the weeds, grasses and weed seeds that otherwise would be germinating with your wildflower seeds, competing for nutrients and water. The alternative method is to use a glyphosate herbicide to kill the weeds and grass. This is an effective method and will not harm the soil for sowing seeds later. After the weeds and grasses have died, cultivate the soil to work the dead vegetation into it, but do not dig deeper than 1 inch. Digging deeper than this when you have used an herbicide will bring up new, fresh weed seeds that will germinate.

Step 3

Rake over the surface of the cultivated soil area to even it.

Sowing Your Wildflower Seeds

Step 1

Mix your wildflower seeds with a ratio of four times vermiculite or sand to your seed volume. This addition to your seeds will help in giving a more even distribution of seeds when you hand-broadcast them into the soil. Many wildflower mixtures are already mixed with vermiculite. Skip this step if that is the case.

Step 2

Rake the soil surface to create shallow grooves. The grooves do not need to be straight or perfect. A random, casual groove design will give your wildflower area a more natural appearance.

Step 3

Sow your seeds by hand-broadcasting them over the shallow grooves.

Step 4

Lightly rake your sown seeds into the soil. Gently tamp the soil with your feet or a shovel to ensure good soil coverage.

Step 5

Moisten the soil of the planted area by spraying water with a hose. If no rain is forthcoming, monitor the soil to keep the soil moist during germination and beyond, through blooming.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shovel or hoe
  • Glyphosate herbicide (optional)
  • Rake
  • Wildflower seeds
  • Vermiculite or sand
  • Hose


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At home in rural California, Kate Carpenter has been writing articles and web content for several well known marketeers since 2007. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas and A Master of Education equivalent from the University of Northern Colorado, Carpenter brings a wealth of diverse experience to her writing.