Ed Hume Seeds

Jumbo Pollinator Mix

WILDFLOWER MEADOW MIXTURE

1/2 oz, Pure Seed, No fillers


An easy-to-grow, colorful mixture of approximately 18 species of annuals, biennials, and perennials, averaging 3 feet in height. The importance of pollinator insects in nature, agriculture, and the home garden has become increasingly recognized. Recently bee populations have been negatively impacted by habitat destruction, chemicals, and invasive pests. Healthy bee colonies need to feed on a steady supply of flower pollen throughout the year. Chosen with the help of the Xerces Society (a group dedicated to pollinator insect conservation and education) this selection of flowers has been chosen to attract and sustain bees in spring, summer, and fall. Mason bees, bumble bees, honey bees, butterflies, and even hummingbirds will all benefit from this flower mixture. In addition, the presence of these pollinators will result in higher yields from fruiting plants. Crops such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, apples, and berries will all produce more fruit per plant with an abundance of bees present. For more information on pollinator gardening and conversation, please join the Xerces Society. www.xerces.org 1/2 oz. Coverage up to 100 sq. ft.

Special Directions For Short Season Climates

SOWING: Sow seed from early Spring through Fall. Mix seed with a cup of sand or other inert material and broadcast over an area previously prepared. Lightly rake into soil or cover with light soil to a depth of 1/8 inch. Keep soil moist while germinating.

SPACING: When scattering seed mixture try to leave ample space between seeds to allow enough room for growing and best coverage of mixture.

GERMINATION: The different species germinate over a range of 1-4 weeks.

Ed's Special Advice

Sow these seeds in a previously prepared weed free area. When possible sow nearby garden area. Combine planting with other flowering annuals and herbs for a bee friendly garden. Resow each spring in same area for best species diversity.
Flower Species Include: Lance leaved coreopsis, Purple coneflower, Sunflower, Perennial lupine, Annual lupine, Blanketflower, Crimson clover, Partridge pea, California poppy, Mexican hat, Cosmos sensation mix, Lacy phacelia, Plains coreopsis, Butterfly milkweed, Blue sage, Poached egg meadow-foam, Rocky Mountain Penstemon, Lemon mint, Bee balm.
For more information on pollinator conservation and pollinator gardening, please join Xerces society. Bring back the pollinators campaign at www.xerces.org

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