Native & Non-Native Pollinator-Friendly Flower Mix (Comstock Seed "gogreenlocally mix"):

  • Lupine blend Perennial

  • Flax Blue Perennial

  • Flax Scarlet Annual

  • Poppy California Annual

  • Candytuft Dwarf Annual

  • Clarkia Tall Single Mix Annual

  • Sweet Alyssum Annual

  • Beeplant - collected Annual

  • Indian Blanketflower Perrenial

  • Indian Blanketflower Annual

  • Coreopsis Plains Perennial

  • Corespsis Lanceleaf Annual

  • Blackeyed Susan Perennial

  • Wallflower Siberian Annual

  • Bachelor Button Annual

  • Cosmos Annual

  • Penstemon Blend Perennial

  • Beeplant, Yellow Annual

  • Buckwheat Sulfur Perennial

  • Daisy Shasta Annual

  • Phlox Drummondii Annual

  • Gilia Scarlet Perennial

  • Dame Rocket Perennial

WHEN TO PLANT:

Spring

If planting in the spring, plant as early as possible to take maximum advantage of soil moisture prior to summer.

Fall

fall sowing is recommended. Natives tend to germinate better after being in the ground through the winter. This process is called cold stratification and in effect, wakes the dormant seed and prepares it for the spring precipitation and germination. Don’t sow too early in fall. If fall rains germinate the seed, many will die off from the cold winter. 

PREPARE AND PLANT

1. Clear a 4' x 4' spot or plant in open areas in multiple planting beds.  Generally, a uniform sandy-loamy soil with good drainage is most favorable.  Clear the area of weeds and loosen the soil with a garden fork and then rake smooth. 

2.  Mix the seed well before spreading because the mix will settle between the time you receive it and planting.

3.  When spreading the seed, broadcast it by hand you will find play sand mixed in with the seeds to help make it easier to spread evenly across the area.  It is suggested to spread half on half of the area and then the second part on the other side to help distribute all of the seed evenly.

4.  Then lightly rake it in to about 1/16th of an inch depth.  Its better to risk seeds on the surface, than too deep, as some seed will not germinate if it is planted too deep. 

5.  Now compact the soil.  The trick with this kind of seed to well compact the seeds into the soil.  Rolling a heavy roller over the top of pressing down on the soil surface or compacting with your shoes can work as well.  Use your imagination but get the seedbed well-firmed. The most important rule of seeding is close seed-soil contact. This contact is essential to get the seed to absorb moisture to stimulate germination.

6.  Lightly water three times a day for the first 7-10 days between the hours of 10am - 4pm optimally slowly cutting back as the plants develops. The drought resistant advantage of a native plant really begins after the plants reach maturity.  Whether spring rain, ground precipitation or your watering stimulates germination, it is very important to keep the seed bed uniformly moist until their roots have developed.

Annuals in your mix will germinate earliest in the spring. They are programmed to flower and seed by early summer and die off before the summer heat. They also provide the initial color because most perennials tend to produce more vegetation the first year and flower in subsequent years.

Once established into a healthy cycle, all these species will reseed themselves over many years. In the early years, the annual weeds may still be common but over time, the perennials will establish themselves and out compete the weeds. You are free to combat weeds manually or with the assistance of mulches. 

Good luck!

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