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Click on the relevant category and you'll go to a page containing a more detailed list of advice in that section. We hope you can find all the information you need, but if in doubt, please contact us .

How Big are Wildflower Plug Plants

Posted on February 21, 2019

Our Wild Flower Plugs Plants are produced as follows

  • The original stock of seed has been sourced from the Wild in the UK.
  • The seed is then multiplied up commercially and some of it is used to produce our plug plants.
  • The plug plants can take between three to 18 months to produce a satisfactory plug.
  • The Plugs are grown semi outdoors. This is so they will be frost Hardy ¬†and can be planted out at anytime over the winter.
  • The size of of plugs is 40 cc and there is a maximum of 150 per tray. You can see photos of our plug plants below.
  • Different species will have different size leaves on depending on the time of year and the species.
  • They will all have a very strong well developed root systems.
  • Once planted, as the weather warms up, they will continue to grow and develop.
  • If you have any questions or any concerns about the plugs we supply please feel free to contact us. shop@meadowmania.co.uk or 0800 0854399

    Primrose Plugs Feb Primrose Plugs Feb

Cowslip Plugs Feb Cowslip Plugs Feb

 

150 plugs in a Tray in April 150 plugs in a Tray in April

ox eye daisy plugs in ground in Feb ox eye daisy plugs in ground in Feb

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What are Meadow Flowers

Posted on March 15, 2018

Meadow Flowers are commonly thought of as Wild flowers. There are though, a number of groups that wild flowers can fall into. It is important if you are trying to create a natural meadow that you understand what flowers are appropriate.

Cornfield Annuals.

Cornfield Annuals in 2017 Cornfield Annuals in 2017

These include species such as Poppy, Cornflower, Corn Marigold etc. They are short lived and generally very colourful. Historically they appeared in arable fields, when the farmer ploughed the field each year it brought new seeds up to the top. With the advent of agrochemicals, they have all but disappeared in arable fields.

They are often included with meadow flower mixes to add some colour in the first year.

 

 

 

 

 

Woodlands and Water Edges

Yellow Flag Iris Yellow Flag Iris

There are specific wild flowers that you would expect generally to see just in certain habitats. So, in woodlands you would find species such as Hedge Bedstraw, Wild Foxglove and Bluebells. By the edge of water, you may find species such as Yellow Flag Iris, Purple Loosestrife and Teasel.

Some of species of wild flowers may sometimes appear in meadows but they are most likely found by water or in shaded areas.

 

 

 

 

Meadow Flowers.

Most of us when we walk down by seaside, down country lanes of across old meadow areas

Meadow Flowers Meadow Flowers

will, if we look, notice different wildflower in amongst the grass. The grass is an important part of this equation It provides the normal back drop for the wild flowers.

There are hundreds of different wild flowers that can be found growing wild in the UK. But some of the more common ones are Birdsfoot Trefoil, Cowslip, Campions, Plantain, Ox eye daisy , Wild carrot etc.

 

 

 

 

 

Many people now would like to introduce Meadow Flowers into their garden. They work best on poorer soils. This is not that they will not grow on better soil, more that on good soils the species you do not want use the fertility better. On poorer soil it is more of a level playing field. Once they are established if properly managed they can be left to grow out over the summer and then cut down in early autumn. This reduces considerably the management time. The flowers are attractive and beneficial to butterflies and Bees etc, and bring more of them to your garden over the summer.

 

If you wanted to introduce an area of Meadow Flowers into your garden, then follow these simple rules.

  • Sow a mixture that is largely perennial flowers. You cut these down then they grow back each year.
  • Sow them with some grass or into grass if it is poor and has been ideally thinned out.
  • Sow in an area you are happy to grow wild (they are called wildflowers for a reason!)
  • The meadow may take a couple of years to get going so be prepared to be patient.
  • Once established leave to grow out over the summer and enjoy.

 

If you would like any more information on Meadow Flowers, then please contact Tim Evans on Freephone 0800 0854399 or by email shop@meadowmania.co.uk


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