Wildflowers Garden Kit

Wildflowers Garden Kit
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Wildflowers usually grow unattended in the wild. This makes them fairly easy to grow. Wildflowers can easily be grown indoors in pots and then transferred outdoors to a new location.

Wildflowers can be very showy. They are easy to care for and will grow well inside if given the proper amount of of light and care.

Wildflowers are also very tolerant and thus the amount of time required for them to bloom can vary greatly based on the environment you grow them in. They need light and if not given enough light will take longer to germinate and sprout. If not given enough light then you might miss the mark and have no blooms at all. 

Our included instruction guide has given a baseline time for germination and for transporting outdoors but the times can easily double in different areas of the country and with different environmental conditions.

The Total Garden Starter kit provide extra seeds so that if you fail the first time or want to sow seeds in a second or third container, your kit provides the extra value. 

 

INTRODUCING COCO COIR

One of the big reasons why our kits provide incredible gardening results is because we use a superior growing medium called Coco Coir, which is made from coconut husk.

There are many advantages to using Coco Coir over regular peat moss pellets – for a start, Coco Coir holds more water and expands to fill the whole pot while promoting good drainage and aeration. These attributes are perfect for new gardeners who may miss the occasional day of watering.

If you care about the environment, then Coco Coir is the way to go. Coco Coir is renewable - coconut trees aren’t going to stop producing new coconuts – whereas peat moss bogs, and the natural habitats in which they are found, are being harvested at an alarming rate across the globe.

Coco Coir is also a better growth agent as its neutral pH levels, and rich bio-stimulants are a lot friendlier for plants than the often acidic peat moss.  

 

ALL NATURAL OMRI CERTIFIED GENUINE JIFFY POTS

Our kits provide full size 4 1/2” genuine Jiffy Pots. They provide the perfect environment for plants to thrive. Whether you want to start indoors, in the earth, or in a container without disturbing young roots – Jiffy Pots make everything so much easier. Every pot has holes in the bottom to promote drainage and strong root development. Jiffy Pots are natural seed starter pots and are OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) Certified.

 

Getting started

This guide is meant to give you a bigger overview than the included instructions on how to get your seeds germinating. If you read this guide through, follow the instructions, water your seeds, and give them enough sunlight, you will be guaranteed to have a positive experience and see plants growing strong in the pots. 

An indoor garden can take up as much or as little space as you are willing to give it. Growing plants of all kinds, can be done on a window sill or on a table. The provided pots should easily fit on most windowsills. 

Location is the most important choice you’ll make in setting up the indoor garden. Your seeds need on average 6 hours of bright sunlight, which may be tough to get during the winter months. To ensure plants are getting plenty of light consider choosing a southwest facing windowsills which will offer the most light. A corner with two windows (one facing south and the other west) is ideal.

Water your plants enough to keep the soil moist without over-watering (roots will rot in a soggy container).

 

Choosing your season:

Many might not know that Flower & Wildflower seeds can be successfully grown during different seasons Spring is the most common and best time of the year to plant them. But you can still get great results planting in summer and fall too. The versatility in seasons is a great advantage to aspiring flower & wildflower growers.

Spring Planting:  For most temperate regions of the country, spring planting is best carried out within 4-8 weeks  the final frost of the winter season.  You can get this information by going to the Farmers Almanac page here. This gives your flowers enough time to grow large and healthy enough to survive their eventual transplanting to the garden or a larger container.T he exact date will naturally vary based on your region and the severity of the winter season. The important thing is to not ‘jump the gun” and plant too early; if seeds are planted to early, they will be lost for the season and will need to be resown in your pots. We provide extra seeds in our kit for you in case you miss the mark the first time around.  
 
Summer Planting: Planting in the summer is best in cooler areas where temperatures don’t hover at 80 degrees or more for long periods of time.
 
Fall Planting: Though it might not seem like a good time to plant flower seeds, it is actually the preferred time of year for many seasoned wildflower gardeners. You will not get the instant results of planting in the spring or summer but the main benefit is that there will be a jump-start in bloom the following spring! So this is a time of the year which will require the most patience from you as the planter. However, if you do decide to plant your seeds in the fall, the trick is to do so after the first killing frost of the season.  You can reference that as well on the  Farmers Almanac page here.
 

 

What temperature is ideal for seed germination?

65F to 75F is the perfect range. Your seeds can germinate at a slightly lower or higher temperature than this, but this slows the germination process down a lot. Once your seeds have germinated 60F to 70F degrees is the ideal temperature range for growing them. As with germination, they will grow in slightly cooler or warmer temperatures but this will effect the time it takes for the seedlings to grow into plants ready to transplant outdoors.

 

How many seeds should I plant in one pot? 

For smaller seeds you can plant more then on the instructions. For large seeds you should only use 1-2 seed per pot and spread them out from each other. To increase your chance of success you can also plant more then the recommended amount and then cut the weakest seedlings. 

 

How deep should I plant my seeds?

The depth you plant your seeds important. As a general guide around 1/4" for smaller seeds and 1/2" for bigger ones.  For the smaller flower seeds barely cover them with a fine layer of the coir soil. Spread the seeds around the pot. Do not clump them all in the middle together. 

 

How much moisture should I have when starting my seeds?

Keeping seeds moist once germination has started is of the utmost importance. If the seed dries out it will likely kill the embryos. Seeds need as much as 50% of their weight to germinate. To achieve this you need to make sure the soil does not dry out. While coir soil has excellent moisture retention and you can probably miss a day, missing more than one day in a row will likely kill the chances of successful germination.

 

What is the best method of watering?

When watering, take care not to use a stream of water that is too strong. If the stream is too strong it will likely displaces your seeds or seedlings. Use a gentle stream of water to keep seeds and seedlings in place. When the seeds become seedlings do not pour water directly on them. Water around them to ensure you do not kill them. 

 

Do I need to thin my seedlings? 

A few weeks after the seeds start to grow, they might start to crowd each other. Especially if you placed more then 1 or 2 seeds in each pot and a lot of them germinated. If that happens, you should thin the seedlings. Choose the seedling or two that looks the strongest and thin the one or ones nearby. This will give the remaining one more room to grow.  The best way to thin is to snip off extra seedlings at the soil line.

 

What do I do if mold or white fuzzy stuff develops in the soil or on my pots?

When you starting seeds in biodegradable paper pots from Jiffy the pots or soil might develop fuzzy white growth. This is normally called mold. The scientific term for it is mycelium. It is pretty much harmless in small doses but can be dangerous to your seedlings if it spreads over too large an area. It normally happens when the soil and biodegradable pots are too wet and their is not enough air circulation. To ensure your pots and soil do not develop the mold be careful not to over water and leave enough room in between the pots for good air circulation. If you place the pots on a windowsill, just open the window. If you start them on a table place a small fan near the pots to help move the air around them. If you let the mold get out of control and it spreads, sprinkle cinnamon on it or water it with chamomile tea to stop it in its tracks.

 

DETAILED GROWING STEPS

STEP 1
Start your wildflower seeds in the included pots after you have expanded the coir soil discs.

STEP 2
Spread one seed type in each pot. Depending on the conditions you can have successful germination from spreading as few as 1-3 seeds in each pot, but if you want to have the best chance of growth spread a bit more since this might be your first time planting wildflowers in pots.

STEP 3
Gently drop water drops onto the soil using your fingers. Allow 5 to 6 drops of water to fall in each section. Keep the soil with the seeds moist, and do not allow them to completely dry out. Water the seeds every one or two days.

STEP 4
Place the pots in a bright sunny window that receives light for at least 6-8 hours a day. Germination takes place as early as 6 days from planting but can take up to 30 days if not given enough light daily. One of the best things about growing wildflowers from seeds is that they are tolerant and unless you completely neglect the pots, the seeds will eventually germinate with enough light and water.

STEP 5
Continue watering the wildflowers, keeping them in full sunshine.

STEP 6
When you start to see overgrowth meaning the plants are getting to big for the included pot, its time to transfer them outdoors or to a bigger pot. Some people will experience growth in a really short time period. As soon as 30 days because of the conditions and amount of light. Others might take upwards of 60 or 90 days before the plants are overgrowing the included pots. 

 

PERRENIAL WILDFLOWERS

Some of the included perennial wildflowers will not fully bloom until a full season after they are planted, but they can last for decades and are ideal for starting in your pots and then transferring to a bigger pot for a long lasting flower experience. We have included ten different perennial wildflowers that will eventually turn into beautiful flowers for many seasons to come.

 

SUNFLOWERS

Sunflowers are our favorite flowers and a favorite for most! Watching them bloom is an awesome experience and they are very easy to grow. Our sunflower mix comprises ten different & colorful varieties. The best part is that they are perfect for growing in all regions of North America making them perfect to grow no matter where you live!

Remember that Sunflowers grow best in locations that have full sun. A great thing about them is that they are hearty. They will grow under a varieity of conditions as long as you do not overwater them. Once you get your sunflowers started, they can survive a period of drought. For maximum growth be diligent and water them regularly.

 

BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES

We designed this mixture for an added treat. After you transport this pot outdoors or into a bigger container outdoors they will attract butterflies and hummingbirds in areas where hummingbirds live.  Its a quick blooming mixture so you should see results in just 3 to 4 weeks after sprouting. These flowers will return every year so pick your spot to transport them outdoors wisely! 

 

ANNUALS

Annual wildflowers are some of the most colorful and easiest to grow of all species of flowers. Our mix is packed with a dozen of the easiest growing varieties. As with all our mixtures, these flowers will grow successfully in all regions of the country.

Starting annuals indoors is really similar to starting vegetables or herbs indoors. If you start at an optimum time, keep the soil moist and provide enough sunlight, mother nature will take its course! Spread your seeds around the pot and do not clump them too close together. We have provided enough seed for you to try multiple times and if you want to use the remaining seeds in a separate container we say go for it! Coir soil is so perfect for annuals because it provides the proper drainage needed for the roots to grow strong. Be careful not to let the flowers overgrow the pots or they will die. When you see the flowers getting big enough that the pot starts to look overcrowded, its time to transport them outdoors. 

 

COSMOS

Cosmos flowers might be the easiest of all flowers to grow. Our kit is packed with seven of the easiest growing varieties. The best part, like all our mixtures, these flowers will grow successfully in all regions of the country.

 

WANNA KNOW EXACTLY WHAT SEEDS ARE INSIDE?

Here is a complete list of wildflowers included in the Total Garden Flower Starter Kit. The Total Garden Starter kit provide extra seeds so that if you fail the first time or want to sow seeds in a second or third container, your kit provides the extra value. 

You can expect to receive about 75% of the flowers on this list. Because we have tried to include only the easiest and hardiest varities in a mixture its impossible to know exactly which 75% of the mix you will receive. 

Shasta Daisy Gayfeather/Blazing Star Garland Daisy
Lance Leaf Coreopsis Maltese Cross Creeping Daisy
Sweet William Dwarf Sunflower "Sunspot" Painted Daisy
Foxglove Maximilian Sunflower Yellow Daisy
Purple Coneflower Gloriosa Daisy Fleabane Daisy
Blanketflower Ox-Eye Sunflower African Daisy
Blue Flax Autumn Beauty Sunflower English Daisy
Perennial Lupine Red Poppy (Shirley) Ox-Eye Daisy
Mexican Hat Cosmos "Candystripe" Godetia (Dwarf)
Cosmos "Seashells" Dwarf Teddy Bear Sunflower Plains Coreopsis (Dwarf)
Black Eyed Susan Baby's Breath Spurred Snapdragon
Candytuft Lemon Queen Sunflower Red Poppy (Shirley Poppy)
Catchfly Plains Coreopsis Phlox, Annual (Red)
Cosmos "Purity" Clarkia Clarkia unguiculata Johnny Jump Up
Sulphur Cosmos Toadflax /Spurred Snapdragon Forget Me Not
Indian Blanket seeds Yarrow Wild Cosmos (Sensation Mix)
California Poppy Cosmos "Pinkie" Cosmos “Gloria"
Baby Blue Eyes Calendula Cosmos "Radiance"
Rose Mallow Godetia Suphur / Orange Cosmos
Cosmos "Dazzler" Indian Blanket Shasta Daisy
Rocket Larkspur Birds Eyes Wild Annual Sunflower

 

 



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