'Seedball' Bee Mix Tin
✮ Bee mix is a careful selection of native wildflower seeds for bees. This mix uses only species recommended by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and includes both early and late summer flowering plants: Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), Viper's-Bugloss (Echium vulgare), Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), Wild Marjoram (Origanum vulgare) and Red Clover (Trifolium pretense), plus a mix of bee loving annuals - Cornflower, Chamomile & Corn Marigold & Night-Flowering Catchfly.
✮ Growing wildflowers from seed balls provides a natural protection for the seeds - helping germination rates and growth without the need for complex propagation. They’re very easy to use – simply scatter on top of soil or compost and let nature do the rest! They’ll grow equally well in pots or other planters.
✮ Each seed ball contains a mini ecosystem: wildflower seeds are mixed with clay, peat-free compost and a smidgen of chilli powder, and rolled into a small ball. The dried clay acts as a protective casing from common seed predators (such as ants, mice and birds). When sufficient rain permeates the clay, the seeds inside begin to germinate - helped along by the nutrients and minerals contained within the ball. The chilli powder continues to deter predators while the seed ball slowly degrades and the seeds sprout.
✮ As a guide at least twenty seed balls per square meter is recommended for a garden, or 3 - 5 seed balls for a small to medium sized pot.
✮ Bee mix seed balls are best scattered in the spring or autumn, and each ball contains approx 50 Bee Mix seeds.✮
✮ Please be patient with growth, native wildflowers are naturally slow to sprout (2-6 weeks) and flower (not all plants will flower in first summer).