Fall Planting Wildflower Seed in Warmer Climates

Head Start on Spring Wild Flowers

wildflower field and handfull of seeds

If you live south of the Mason Dixie, rarely or never see snow and have mild winters, sowing wildflowers in fall allows you to take advantage of the rainy Season. The rainy season most would surmise is the time of April showers, however there is usually a mini rainy season in mid to late November in warm areas, not allways, just usually. Taking advantage of the autumn rain allows nature to tuck your seeds in for the winter and provides for its initial moisture.

Timing Wild Flower Plantings

If you live in a fairly warm climate that still get frosts and a occasional snow flurry, you'll want to time your planting to be about 60-90 days before the first anticipated frost. If you live in a very warm climate, you can even 'winter sow' your wildflowers..

If the ground does not freeze over, you can start sowing wild flower seeds in January or February. You can anticipate that your seeds will spring up in 2-4 weeks from planting.

Prep your soil by removing weeds and pre existing growth and debris. Get rid of any weeds and grasses, roots and all, to make plenty of room wildflowers to thrive. Turning the soil is also advisable..

Spring plantings in very warm temperatures can be a bummer, it's sometimes way too hot and causes stress to young seedlings as the germinate. Young plants, that spring up 'early' will have avoided early season heat stress and develop into stronger hardier more picturesque adult plants.


Sowing Wild Flower Seeds

Scatter your seeds according to the package directions. Do not bury or cover wildflower seeds with soil. Just a light watering to affix them in place is all that is needed. Yes - you'll loose some to the wind and runoff over winter, which is exactly why you'll plant more than you need.

When scattering wildflower seed over larger areas by hand, a nifty trick is to add dry sand to your seeds first. It's important that the sand be dry otherwise it will form clumps with your seed making it difficult to spread. The light colored sand will allow you to see exactly where your seed has landed, which will enable you to spot out bare spots and areas of excess application.

For the best chance of success, each particular plant's requirements should be researched..

If you live Further North See: Fall Planting Wildflower Seed in Colder Climates