May 10, 2022

Wildflower Seed Bombs

By Bonna Moon
Wildflower Seed Bombs

A midwestern field of wildflowers that go on as far as the eye can see.
About Our Seed Bombs

Seed Bombs are a beautiful and natural way to add some interest to spot that could benefit from some blooms. Our Wildflower Seed Bombs are handmade in-studio from recycled paper and wildflower seeds from American Meadows. The following is the description of the seed mix from the American Meadows website: 

"The Midwest Wildflower Seed Mix is comprised of 28 different wildflower species, all perfect for planting in the Heartland of the USA. Designed to provide nonstop season-long color, annuals like Plains Coreopsis and Sulphur Cosmos burst into bloom their very first summer, while perennial varieties like Purple Prairie Clover and Black Eyed Susan deliver color for many years, starting in their second season. Contains 100% Pure, non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free seeds best for planting in: IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, WI and Ontario." 

This mix is of easy to grow low maintenance flowers that are also awesome pollinators! This means you'll see an increase in honey bee and butterfly traffic, and you can bet on seeing more small birds, too. You can expect to enjoy about 2 square feet of wildflowers the first season, but you can multiply that space by cutting it down after the first frost of the season. Doing so will spread the seeds and provide a good winter mulch. See below for more details.

Directions For Planting And Care

In spring or fall, toss seed bombs in an area that could use some blooms or where you want to show the pollinators some love. Try to find  a spot that has half to full sun throughout the day, and be sure to ask permission if you're eyeing a spot that doesn't belong to you. Aiming for exposed dirt will allow for a better sprouting. Do not cover. 

If you're planting in an area you tend, keep the seedlings moist until they are 6-8 inches tall. After that, wildflowers prefer minimal care. Using a high mower setting, mow after the first frost in the fall to spread seeds and keep down the brush. Leave the cuttings on for winter mulch. While it's not strictly required to cut the wildflower patch down at the end of the season, doing so will help disperse seeds and provides a little safer spot for pollinators to hibernate. Try not to disturb any mulching until temperatures reach above 50F consistently or you may cause harm to these hibernating friends. (This is true for your entire yard/garden/farm.)

Wildflower Varieties

Annuals (bloom for one season) 
Plains Coreopsis
Sulphur Cosmos 
Wild Cosmos
California Poppy
Indian Blanket
Baby's Breath
Wild Sunflower
Scarlet Flax
Lemon Mint
Baby Blue Eyes
Evening Primrose
Red Poppy
Clasping Coneflower

Biennials (bloom every other season)
Siberian Wallflower
Sweet William
Black-Eyed Susan

Perennials (bloom every season)
Shasta Daisy
Lance-Leaf Coreposis
Purple Coneflower 
Blanket Flower
Blue Flax
Wild Lupine
Purple Prairie Clover
Mexican Hat
Prairie Coneflower 
Gloriosa Daisy