Seed Mix Enhancement for Drier Soils
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Seed Mix Enhancement for Drier Soils


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Natural plant communities provide the inspiration for our pre-designed seed mixes. All are strictly native, showy mixes that have blooms spring through fall, a great diversity of species and high seed counts. Still, some customers have inquired about increasing the overall color, the number of species, or the seed count to help compete against weeds in an existing or establishing native plant community.  For this reason we have designed Seed Mix Enhancements.

These 7 species thrive in drier soils and near full sun, and will add even more color to your dry prairie or native garden: Butterfly Weed, Stiff Gentian, Sweet Everlasting, Black-eyed Susan, Royal Catchfly, Aromatic Aster, Sky Blue Aster, and New Jersey Tea.

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. All mixes are subject to change without notice depending on availability of species.

Seed Mix Enhancement

for Drier Soils

by Prairie Moon® Nursery

1.45 lbs per acre | 39 Seeds per sq/ft

WILDFLOWERS

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)

17.35

Gentianella quinquefolia (Stiff Gentian)

8.60

Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium (Sweet Everlasting)

1.51

Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)

38.71

Silene regia (Royal Catchfly)

12.90

Symphyotrichum oolentangiense (Sky Blue Aster)

8.60

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium (Aromatic Aster)

6.02

TREES, SHRUBS & VINES

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea)

4.30

Last updated 9/10/20

1 Question asked on Seed Mix Enhancement for Drier Soils






Q Bill Folk • August 19 I plan to burn several acres of big bluestem this fall/winter. Will the plants in this seed mix be able to compete with the big bluestem when it begins to grow in the late spring/summer of 2021?
A Prairie Moon • August 20 Hi Bill. Great question. We would call what you are going to do an 'interseeding' and interseedings should be treated as new prairie seedings. So, you should keep the Big Blue cut back next year to allow light to reach these new forb seedlings. Cutting back the Big Blue to 6" or so all next year will not hurt it. The Xerces Society has put out a very helpful guide on interseeding forbs into exsiting prairie grasslands.
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.

E stablishment 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 site prep, planting and care instructions for our seed mixes through the following links:

ESTABLISHING A NATIVE SEED MIX - 3 YEAR PLAN

PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR HAND SOWING A NATIVE SEED MIX
*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
(for orders over $1,000 a package signature will be required)

BARE ROOT and POTTED PLANTS $50.00 and under: $7.50
over $50.00: 15% of the total plant cost
(for orders over $1,000 a package signature will be required)

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
1.45
Seeds/Sq.Ft.
39
Sun Exposure
Full, Partial
Soil Moisture
Medium-Dry, Dry
Advantages
USDA Zones
3-7
Catalog Number
DENH