Although it may seem surprising, Autumn is actually a great time of year to plant your Wild Flower Tea Seedbombs. This will give your seeds time to establish themselves before the frost sets in and will help them develop strong roots over the winter. By Spring your seedsbombs will be ready to get growing and you’ll have a much stronger germination. Another great thing about starting now is that you won’t have to do much watering! So get planting while the weather is still warm and have a look at these tips to help you along the way.
Most of us will recognise Chamomile plants with their daisy-like flower heads and finely dissected leaves. They are a really easy plant to grow from seed, but we still have a few pointers for you to ensure that you get a bumper crop and lots of tea.
Chamomile plants love well-draining, poor to average soil. They also prefer to grow in full sun. Once it’s growing Chamomile can spread around 1-2 feet, so it’s a good idea to thin them out (see below for thinning tips). To ensure you get nice compact plants it is also important to trim them every so often. A regular water will help your flowers stay in bloom as long as possible. However, if you do forget to water it’s not the end of the world as Chamomile is actually quite drought resistant.
Also known as Bluebottle, Cornflower is a slender annual which has woolly hairs on its stems and electric blue flowers. This hardy little plant is actually native to the UK and will flower all through the summer, attracting bees and butterflies to your garden. Cornflowers love well drained soil in full sunlight; just like Chamomile. They would normally require feeding, but because yours are growing in your nutrient rich mushroom compost they will shoot up. If the plants are a little crowded when they start to grow, thin them out, planting 30cm apart. Cornflower can reach 1 to 2 feet tall, so they may need a support when they first start growing; a small stick works well. To ensure that your plants continue to flower all summer, cut the heads just before the flower is fully open.
Yarrow is a really easy perennial that is virtually care-free. You will often see it growing on roadsides and in meadows around Britain, but it is also native to Asia, Europe, and North America. Like the other plants in your Wild Flower Tea Seedbomb, Yarrow loves to grow in a nice warm and sunny spot, with well-drained soil. Once planted your seeds will take around 14-21 days to germinate, but this will depend on the growing conditions. All they need is a little watering now and then, then pick your flowers and make some delicious tea.
As the name implies, one of the well know properties of this plant is its ability to reduce a fever. When planted Fever Few will grow as a small bush to about 20 inches high, with pretty white and yellow flowers. It grows best in a sunny spot, with well-draining soil and regular watering. When your plants reach 3-5 inches in height, it is best to thin them so that they are 15 inches apart. What’s even better about this plant is that once they have finished flowering over the summer, all you need to do is cut them back to the ground and they will spring up again next year.
Like all the flowers in you Wild Flower Tea Seedbomb, Red clover is really easy to grow. It will tolerate virtually all soil conditions as long as it is not too acid. They love well-drained and sunny areas, but will grow in partial shade too. Red Clover work really well with other flowers from your seedbomb, adding a great colour to your wildflower patch and allowing bees to pollinate happily too. The flowers can even be harvested up to three times in a year, so you should have no shortage from May through to September.
As there are so many seeds packed into each Seedbomb, you will probably need to thin out your plants as they start to grow. This will ensure your plants have lots of space. Thinning out tends to be done when your plants have sprouted their second leaves, also known as the true leaf stage. Here are a few instructions to help you when getting started.
1) Separate you seedlings.
To do this insert a dibber into the soil; you can use a pencil if you don’t have one. Then lever it back to loosen the soil. You can then gently separate out your seedlings. When doing this, try to hold them by the leaves as at this stage of growth the stems and roots are very delicate and can be easily damaged.
2) Replanting your seedlings.
Using your dibber or pencil, create as many holes as you need ensuring that they are wide and deep enough for the roots of your plants. Then pop in your seedlings and firm the soil around them.