Insectopia Seed Mix
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Insectopia Seed Mix


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for Medium to Medium-Dry Soils & Full to Partial Sun
A Utopia for predators, parasitoids and pollinators too! We’re proud to offer a seed mix specifically designed to attract native beneficial insects, for the delight of farmers, gardeners and the insect-intrigued. Our Insectopia seed mix was developed through a collaboration with The Xerces Society of Invertebrate Conservation and boasts a variety of wildflowers and grasses chosen specifically to attract predatory and parasitoid insects, as well as spiders that feed on insect pests. Wildflower species with shallow nectaries, such as Anise Hyssop, Lance-leaf Coreopsis and Golden Alexanders are attractive to hover flies, tachinid flies and gentle, parasitoid wasps, while white flowering species such as Prairie Onion, Rattlesnake Master and Mountain Mint attract parasitoid wasps, predatory beetles and a wide variety of bees. Our Insectopia mix also contains four species of Milkweed that support a range of pollinators, including monarch butterflies, and a trio of bunch-forming grasses that provide refuge for predatory beetles.
 
This mix is ideal for farmers and gardeners who are looking to utilize the benefits of biodiversity and conservation biocontrol in field perimeters, insectary strips and gardens. It is a perfect complement to a variety of ecological management approaches including organic farming, farmscaping, integrated pest management, or permaculture. Studies, such as those by UC-Berkeley and UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, have shown that parasitism of crop pests increases when native plantings are situated in close proximity to crop fields. In conjunction with a diversity of shallow-nectary flowering species, the presence of bunch grasses provides refuge while increasing reproduction and overwinter success in predatory insects such as beetles, true bugs, hover flies, lacewings and syrphid flies. If you’re a farmer, gardener or insect enthusiast we think you’re going to love this mix. Although some of the native plants in this seed mix have ranges that extend beyond zones 3-7,  the majority will do best in this zone range.  For more detailed information please see the RANGE MAP for each species. View the complete species list, including % by weight, under COMPONENTS.
 
In relation to the Insectopia Seed Mix, we highly recommend the book The Xerces Society Guide - Farming with Native Beneficial Insects; Ecological Pest Control Solutions.

For seed mixes of 1/8 acre or less, we include a temporary cover crop at no additional charge.  ReGreen is a sterile, short-lived perennial wheat hybrid that can be planted spring or fall.

Add a Seed Mix Enhancement for that extra splash of color!

Establishing a native plant community from seed can take 3 years or more - learn more.

Insectopia© Seed Mix

by Prairie Moon® Nursery

8.52 lbs per acre | 99 Seeds per sq/ft

(PHOTOS OF PLANTS IN THIS SEED MIX)

WILDFLOWERS

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)

0.37

Agastache foeniculum (Anise Hyssop)

1.10

Allium cernuum (Nodding Onion)

1.47

Apocynum cannabinum (Dogbane)

0.37

Asclepias incarnata (Rose Milkweed)

1.10

Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed)

0.92

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)

1.10

Asclepias verticillata (Whorled Milkweed)

0.37

Chamaecrista fasciculata (Partridge Pea)

11.74

Coreopsis lanceolata (Lance-leaf Coreopsis)

5.68

Coreopsis palmata (Prairie Coreopsis)

0.37

Dalea candida (White Prairie Clover)

2.57

Dalea purpurea (Purple Prairie Clover)

3.30

Drymocallis arguta (Prairie Cinquefoil)

0.73

Eryngium yuccifolium (Rattlesnake Master)

2.93

Euthamia graminifolia (Grass-leaved Goldenrod)

0.18

Helianthus pauciflorus (Showy Sunflower)

0.37

Heliopsis helianthoides (Early Sunflower)

3.67

Liatris pycnostachya (Prairie Blazing Star)

1.47

Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia)

0.59

Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot)

0.73

Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm)

1.47

Parthenium integrifolium (Wild Quinine)

1.83

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Mountain Mint)

1.10

Ratibida pinnata (Yellow Coneflower)

0.73

Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)

2.20

Scrophularia marilandica (Late Figwort)

0.11

Solidago speciosa (Showy Goldenrod)

0.55

Symphyotrichum laeve (Smooth Blue Aster)

0.92

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium (Aromatic Aster)

0.37

Tradescantia ohiensis (Ohio Spiderwort)

2.20

Verbena stricta (Hoary Vervain)

1.83

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's Root)

0.09

Zizia aurea (Golden Alexanders)

4.40

Total of WILDFLOWERS

58.92 %

TREES, SHRUBS & VINES

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea)

0.73

Totals of TREES, SHRUBS & VINES:

0.73 %

GRASSES, SEDGES & RUSHES

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Bouteloua curtipendula (Side-oats Grama) PLS

7.34

Elymus canadensis (Canada Wild Rye) PLS

11.74

Koeleria macrantha (June Grass) PLS

3.67

Schyzachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem) PLS

16.14

Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed) PLS

1.47

Totals of GRASSES, SEDGES & RUSHES :

40.34 %

(PHOTOS OF PLANTS IN THIS SEED MIX)

Last updated 11/15/18

2 Questions asked on Insectopia Seed Mix






Q Christine • 02/07/2018 Can I plant this mix in the spring in the midwest?
A Prairie Moon • 02/07/2018 If you plant it in the spring, the grasses and a couple of wildflowers will germinate, but most of the wildflowers won’t germinate until the following spring. Since they’ll be set back one year, we recommend keeping up a mowing regimen into the 2nd growing season to aid in their establishment. Please see more information on the pros and cons of different planting times here.
Q Jason • 01/18/2019 Hello, I'm interested in planting some of this mixture. I have a RYAN MATAWAY overseeder, would this work for the seed mixture?
A Prairie Moon • 01/18/2019 Thanks for writing, Jason. We have no direct experience with the seeder that you mentioned, but some of its described features make it sound like a potentially good tool for seeding a highly-diverse, native seed mix like our Insectopia mix.

When seeding an area that is one acre or smaller, hand-broadcasting is actually the most uncomplicated, efficient approach. Our downloadable Brochure on this topic has instructions for accomplishing this.

For larger areas, mechanical seeders may be more efficient, but they need to be able to apply different-sized seeds at optimal depths with minimal soil disturbance. We use a Truax Seed Drill because it was designed for native seeds and features different boxes to facilitate distribution of variously-sized seeds at appropriate depths.Remember that very small seeds should be surface-sown while large seeds can be shallowly inserted (about the depth of their own thickness). Avoid standard lawn-grass seeders that are made to distribute only one size of seed.
Native plant communities provide the inspiration for our seed-mix designs. All our mixes feature high seeding rates and a diverse balance of native species, which, when mature, will provide blossoms throughout the year. No matter what you want from a seed mix, you will need to make sure it fits the soil-moisture holding capacity and sun conditions of your site.

Establishment of the diverse native-plant communities represented in our seed mixes can take three to five years. The most critical process before planting is preparing the site by removing unwanted species and working to deplete the soil’s weed seed bank. Find detailed planting and care instructions for our seed mixes through the following links:

PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR HAND SOWING NATIVE SEED

ESTABLISHING A NATIVE SEED MIX - 3 YEAR PLAN
*PLEASE NOTE: we are a mail order nursery and have no retail facilities, but you may pick up your order if prior arrangements are made. Pick up orders are subject to **MN Sales Tax.

Shipping & Handling Charges:
SEED $100.00 and under: $5.00
over $100.00: 5% of the total seed cost

BARE ROOT and POTTED PLANTS $50.00 and under: $7.50
over $50.00: 15% of the total plant cost

TOOLS and BOOKS have the shipping fee included in the cost of the product (within the contiguous US).

**We are required to collect state sales tax in certain states. Your state's eligibility and % will be calculated at checkout. MN State Sales Tax of 7.375% is applied for orders picked up at our MN location. Shipping & handling charges are also subject to the sales tax.

Shipping Season:

SEED, TOOLS and BOOKS are sent year-round. Most orders ship within a day or two upon receipt.

BARE ROOT PLANTS are shipped during optimal transplanting time: Spring (April-May) and Fall (Oct). Some ephemeral species are also available for summer shipping. Since our plants are field-grown, Nature sets the schedule each year as to when our season will begin and end. We fill all orders, on a first-come, first-serve basis, to the best of our ability depending on weather conditions beyond our control.

POTTED PLANTS (Trays of 38 and 3-packs) typically begin shipping early May and go into June; shipping time is heavily dependent on all the species in your order being well-rooted. If winter-spring greenhouse growing conditions are favorable and all species are well-rooted at once, then we ship by order date (first come, first serve).  We are a Midwest greenhouse, and due to the challenges of getting all the species in the Mix & Match and Pre-Designed Garden Kits transit-ready at the same time, we typically can't ship before early May.  Earlier shipment requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

*We are unable to ship PLANTS (bare root or potted) outside the contiguous US or to CALIFORNIA due to regulations.

Delivery:

We ship using USPS, UPS and Spee Dee. UPS and Spee Dee are often used for expediting plant orders; they will not deliver to Post Office Box numbers, so please also include your street address if ordering plants. We send tracking numbers to your email address so please include it when you order.

FOR MORE DETAILED SHIPPING INFORMATION, INCLUDING CANADA SHIPPING RATES (SEED ONLY), PLEASE SEE 'SHIPPING' AT THE FOOTER OF THIS WEBSITE.

iDetails

Lbs/Acre
8.52
Seeds/Sq.Ft.
99
Sun Exposure
Full, Partial
Soil Moisture
Medium, Medium-Dry
Advantages
USDA Zones
3-7
Catalog Number
TOPIA