Wildflowers, like everyone else, require water to survive. If you’re planting wildflower seeds, make sure you have access to water so they have the best chance of succeeding.
Supplemental watering with a garden hose may be required if natural rainfall is insufficient. Water should be administered lightly and frequently to keep the ground wet. When your wildflowers start to sprout, don’t let the area dry out entirely, but don’t over-water it either. Seedlings may perish due to a lack of oxygen given to the root system if the soil gets excessively moist.
The frequency with which you water your newly planted area will be determined by the amount of rainfall and soil types in your location. You may need to water every day in the western United States.
You may need to water every couple of days in the south, middle, and eastern parts of the United States. Until your plants are firmly established in the southwest desert region, you may need to water them multiple times each day.
Watering should be progressively reduced when your seedlings reach 1 to 2 inches in height, and only used if the plants exhibit indications of stress.
Plant in the autumn or early spring, when rainfall is typically copious, for larger projects that cannot be watered. If natural rainfall does not provide enough moisture and irrigation is not practical at your planting site, you may be disappointed with the results during a dry year.
When to water, and how much?
Watering wildflowers in the ground are especially important after sowing and throughout the first six weeks while the seedlings are establishing themselves. Water your newly sowed wildflower patch twice a week, or more frequently if the weather is scorching.
To avoid washing seeds away, water gently with a rose on a watering can or a gentle spray attachment to a hose.
Wildflowers in pots need to be watered on a regular basis throughout their lives. Even if it has been raining, this might mean a wonderful bath every day in the summer.
Plants require the most water in hot, dry, and windy weather, which is typically when water suppliers are least able to satisfy demand, and you don’t want to miss out on your wildflowers due to a hose pipe restriction!
Read also: How to Grow Wildflowers Indoors
Rainwater for watering plants
What if you don’t have an outside tap, even if there isn’t a ban? Or maybe your wildflower patch isn’t close enough to your kitchen sink? You might want to think about collecting rainwater.
Using rainwater to irrigate your wildflowers can ensure that you have water during a drought. In addition, by reducing your water use, you will be helping the environment. Water butts are simple to install on any roof’s downpipe, and they may quickly fill up in rainfall if the gutters are maintained free.
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Recognizing the value of collecting rainwater, several municipal governments provide water butts for free or at a discounted cost. Capturing rainwater can even lower the risk of local floods, as more people pave front yards and leave fewer ways for water to escape.
To prevent the trash from gathering in the water and to keep any youngsters safe while enjoying your wildflower field, make sure your water butt has a lid.
And if you didn’t get around to sowing your seeds in the spring, you could be in luck! Autumn-sown seeds require little watering and are well established by the time droughts arrive in the Spring or Summer — one of the many reasons Autumn sowing is perfect for wildflowers!