Kits

The Wildflower Nursery Kits we offer include everything necessary to sow native wildflower seeds in early winter using the methods developed to protect the seeds from birds, rodents and climate change. They will winter-over and germinate in the Spring, as is natural for native wildflower seeds. As the pots can be densely seeded, this method also generates an abundant supply of seedlings in the spring. As wildflowers are perennial plants, they may not flower the first year, and so self-seeding annual seeds can be sown with the transplants for the first year.

Kits include 9 pots (4″ x 4″ x 5″), seed starting soil, wildflower seed packs (such as Bee Balm, Echinacea, Lavender Hyssop, Milkweed, Black Eyed Susan, Blazing Star or others), a wooden frame 15″ x 15″ X 8″ with one side covered with a metal mesh. It also includes step by step instructions on how to start and maintain your kit through the seasons.

Wildflowers sow their seeds in late Fall. These seeds will winter over to germinate in the Spring. Kits provide seeds from being eaten, the effects of global warming, ensure their germination in a well-watered and sunny location, and produce a bounty of seedlings.

Instructions for using a Wildflower Nursey Kit

Store your kit in a warm or cool area that is above freezing.

Clear the snow on the level sunny area you have chosen, about 3′ square.

Just before moving the kit outside to winter over, keep the pots in the frame container and briefly go outside and water the soil. Then and return inside to sow the seeds. You can also use a bathtub. Watering before sowing will keep the seeds from being disturbed.

Sow the seeds into the pots thickly and evenly (an eight to a quarter of an inch apart). As wildflower seeds need sunlight to germinate, gently press the seeds into the soil. There will be enough seeds in the envelopes provided to sow three pots each. Identify each pot with a garden plant label.

Take the kit outside and put the pots close together on the area you have chosen and put the mesh covered wooden frame over them and leave them to winter-over.

In the Spring, when its strengthening light and higher temperatures arrive, the soil in the pots will warm up more quickly than the ground. Keep a close watch and REMEMBER TO WATER the pots, as their soil will melt and dry out much more quickly than you think.

Wildflowers seeds vary as to when they germinate, so just keep watering. Seeds that have germinated can be taken out of the protective frame.

Kits usually contain Bee Balm, Echinacea, Lavender Hyssop and Black-eyed Susan seeds.  Milkweed doesn’t transplant well so I’ve included a packet of these seeds to sow directly onto any sunny area free of sod and weeds, preferably a cultivated garden area, pressing them into the soil as best you can.

When there is a thick growth of seedlings in the pots, it is time to transplant. You can divide (gently pull apart) each pot into four seedling clusters to add to your garden, which can be up to 48 plantings. As the seeds don’t mind being close together, seedlings can be planted close together, about 6” apart, which will also help discourage weeds.

Wildflower Nursery Flats are also available for larger projects. They do not require pots, but consist of larger mesh covered frames, such as 4′ x 5′, or to a custom made size. Wildflower seeds would be sown into a prepared plot in January, then enclosed in a custom made flat, or flats, and left to overwinter and germinate in Spring, thus eliminating the need for transplanting.

For more information, to order a Kit, or find out how to make your own, contact Jane at janecollister3@gmail.com.

The project is always seeking the cultivation of more seedlings and the volunteers needed to significantly repopulate local habitats in the southern Vermont area, and, it is hoped, beyond.

Please go to Connect on this website, or email janecollister3@gmail to learn more about how you can take part in this vital and joyful process.

We hope you will join us. There is so much at stake.

Saving pollinators takes many villages.