Seed MatsSTEP 1: Select a site which receives at least 4-6 hours of sunlight each day and is somewhat protected from the wind.
STEP 2: Prepare the soil to a depth of 3-4" and the same size as the mat.
STEP 3: Carefully lay out the mats with "this side up" facing up.
Cover each mat completely with no more than 1/8" soil. This will hold
the mat down and allow flower seeds to easily germinate. For best
results, use a commercial sterile potting soil.
Soak the mat entirely (preferably using a hose with a fine spray) until
mat is saturated and appears to melt into the soil. Continue to keep
the mat moist until plants are established (2-3" high). CHECK DAILY to
be sure the top 1" of soil is moist. After the seeds have sprouted,
water as necessary.
STEP 6: Young plants are very tender. Protect them from pets and cover them if a late frost is anticipated.
Plants may be thinned out when estaablished and transplanted to other
garden areas. Early Growth of many flowers resembles weeds - DO NOT WEED PLANTING AREA FOR THE FIRST 3-4 WEEKS.
TRY DIFFERENT PATTERNS
don't need to leave your seed mat as one long border. Cut it up into
different shapes, and spread it out! You can plant spring-flowering
bulbs in between the pieces. Since some perennials do not bloom until
the second year, you can mix them in with a first-year border to
provide instant color while the perennials mature. There's no one right
way - it's up to you!
IS FERTILIZING NECESSARY?
flowers will bloom in poor soils, but most will benefit from some
fertilizer. If your soil needs to be improved, use a low nitrogen
fertilizer with a 5-10-10 ratio or add organic matter such as weed-free
straw or grass clippings, peat moss, well-rotted compost, or leaf mold.
These will enhance soil texture and encourage the growth of beneficial
microorganisms. Over fertilizing can promote weeds and lush foliage
instead of flowers.
ANNUAL, PERENNIAL OR BIENNIAL?
- Plants that complete their entire growing cycle within a single
season. They grow, bloom and produce seed, then die back completely.
- These plants need two years to complete their growing cycle. Leaves
form the first year, then flowers and seed the following year
- Plants that come back each season. Most perennials planted from seed
will bloom their second season, and each year thereafter.