Habitat Creation | Grasslands
Method for Planting
- Germination and early establishment of wildflowers can be carried out in a nursery, and the plants then planted out into the sward. This method is more expensive and time consuming than sowing directly on the site. Therefore, it is best used for species that are slow to germinate, establish and flower. This can be quicker using pot grown plants as they produce seed to colonise bare patches.
- Pots of plugs can also be used to establish on bare patches of ground. Weeding is essential for all types during the first season, this is so they don't get swamped by tall grasses.
Pot grown plants and plugs of slow growing species can be used in combination with a seed mix on bare ground.
Recommended Species for Plants and Plugs
- Clustered bellflower
- Devils bit scabious
- Field scabious
- Greater knapweed
- Meadow buttercup
- Meadow Cranesbill
- Ragged robin
This is a good method for urban sized areas, any large fields may be better using "slot seeding" agricultural machinery. Also an excellent opportunity to involve schools and the community in a new or derelict area.