Can wildflower seeds be planted in pots? Now Answered

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Growing wildflowers is a great way to give pollinating insects the food they need, making life easier for your local animals.

You can grow wildflowers in a pot if you don’t have a lot of room. While observing visiting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, you’ll be able to enjoy a burst of colorful and unique blooms.

This gardening project should be started in the spring or fall.

You could opt to cultivate wildflowers in pots and with the seed for a variety of reasons, including limited outdoor space, the ability to move your plants about to keep things aesthetically interesting (or away from shade and frosts), or the desire to bring them indoors. You may also control the soil type and environment of your plants in containers.

Wildflowers may look quite gorgeous in window boxes or container pots, blossoming in their beautiful multicolored fashion and bringing color and pollination to an otherwise boring and lifeless place.

Wildflowers thrive in pots and maybe grow outside. It’s a terrific alternative for balconies, paved areas, and to give variety to bigger outdoor spaces if you don’t have access to a patch of soil.

So you want to grow wildflowers in pots? Follow these simple steps…

Is it time to plant? – Will you be planting in a pot outside? Check the latest frost date in your area and plant after that date has passed. Otherwise, plant in the fall 10 weeks before the first winter frost. You can plant whenever you can guarantee that your flowers will receive at least 4-6 hours of direct sunshine each day.

Choose a sunny area in your house, such as a South or West facing window that receives 6 or more hours of direct sunlight every day. Alternatively, plant in a sunny location outside.

  1. Acquire Supplies
  2. Obtain a pot or container with a diameter of at least 4-6″.
  3. If feasible, use a bag of potting soil, or just composted dirt.
  4. Seeds can be used in the form of Seedles or wildflower seed balls. Alternatively, wildflower seeds can be purchased locally.

Planting wildflowers

Fill the pot or container 3/4 full with dirt, or until the earth reaches 1-2″ below the top. Ascertain that the soil is not compacted and has enough aeration.

Plant Seeds – Toss the seeds with a little compost and softly scatter them around the surface. Cover any unprotected seeds with a little sprinkling of compost. Allow about 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch of soil to be buried beneath them. If you bury them too deeply, they won’t be able to grow out and sprout. Wildflower Seedles should be planted at a rate of 2-4 per square foot and only halfway into the soil. Plant simple wildflower seeds at the seed package’s recommended density.

Pack Soil – Gently pack the soil down to firm it up and ensure that the compost is in touch with the seeds.

Read also: Can wildflower seeds grow through mulch?

Growing Wildflowers

Water gently – water daily for the first two weeks, then every two weeks after that. You’ll need moist soil, like a moist brownie texture, for optimum germination.

It shouldn’t be wet, not dripping wet, but moist enough to allow seedlings to germinate until they’re approximately 4-6″ tall. If you reside in a dry area, we recommend watering your plants on a regular basis.

Weed – You may need to pick away little sprouts or weeds that aren’t from your wildflower seeds sometimes. Whether you’re not sure, let it alone and see if it blooms. Even weeds like dandelions are beneficial to pollinators and bees.

Can wildflower seeds grow in pots?

For wildflowers, any pot that can hold soil would suffice. Before you begin, make sure the container is clean and dry. If the container’s bottom doesn’t have any drainage holes, drill many holes to allow the water to drain.
How to Plant Wildflower Seeds in a Container or Pot

Soil or compost should be added to your container pot. Although wildflowers don’t require very rich soil, so any organic peat-free compost will suffice.

You may also help the environment by adding a packet of wildflower seeds from Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause or Royal Botanic Garden Kew’s Grow Wild, so everyone wins. If you like, you may buy mixed wildflower seed packs.

Sprinkle with water, mutter fertility magic, and wait a few minutes.

Read also: Can wildflowers grow in shade?


Begin wildlife gardening right away. Wildflower seed mixes may be sown in the spring or fall, allowing you to plant any time between spring and autumn.

Choose a pot with drainage holes at the bottom, or make your own drainage holes in an existing garden pot.

Mix a little compost into your regular garden soil to promote plant health, and you can also add a little gravel to aid drainage. Keep in mind that wildflowers prefer poor soil with limited nutrients versus too-rich compost.

Read your seed packet to figure out how much seed to plant in your container size. To help you scatter your wildflower seed evenly, mix it with some sand.

Scatter the mixture over the area and lightly water it. While the seed is germinating, keep the soil moist. Make sure the pot is in a sunny location and that it is not overwatered.

Grow until the plant has gone to seed. Save the seed and then clip the plant back to about an inch in length. Wait for the blossoms the next year…