There is nothing more beautiful than a colorful field of wildflowers in the Colorado Mountains. Wildflower seed is the easiest and most economical way to get flowers growing in a large area of your yard. Some planting tips:
1. Fall is the best time to put down seed—ideally before the ground is frozen in late October. You do not want the seeds to germinate until spring, so wait until the temperatures aren’t getting above 55 degrees.
2. Roughen the soil surface with a rake and then hand broadcast the seed over the area. We often mix the seed with sand to prevent clumps of seed from falling in one spot.
3. Lightly rake the area again to compact the soil. Light compaction improves germination by providing seed to soil contact. Be sure not to bury the seeds or they won’t germinate.
4. Wildflower seeds are an exercise in delayed gratification. It will take 2-3 years before many of the flowers are mature enough to bloom.
5. We sell two different mixes of wildflower seeds. If you are a purist and want only true native flowers, make sure our staff points you in the right direction. One of our blends thrives in this climate but includes some flowers that aren’t really true natives.
6. We sell many individual types of wildflower seed: flax, lupine, penstemon, balsamroot and yarrow to name a few.