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Conservation Wild Bird Mix

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Conservation Wild Bird Mix

Selected by John Chambers, this mix contains many beautiful wild flowers, including a number which are attractive to most seed-eating birds, butterflies and other insects.

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The John Chambers Conservation range includes a selection of Wildflower mixes for various purposes and situations in grounds and gardens. Carefully selected, balanced mixes will help to provide colour and food, attracting Wildlife into the spaces where they are sown. These mixes are best sown in bare soil without grasses to achieve intended results and are particularly suitable for creating ornamental display beds and borders.

This fantastic Wild Bird Mix contains a specially selected range of wild flowers which are known to be especially attractive to most seed-eating birds, butterflies and other insects.
Contains 100% Wildflower seed.

Mix Includes 
Bird's-foot Trefoil
Greater Knapweed
Corn Marigold

100% WIldflower Mixes should give a coverage of approximately 1-2g / sqm

Note: All wildflower seed mixes are subject to change dependent on time of year and harvest.

Ground Preparation

100% Wildflower Mixes (sowing rate : 1-2g / m2)

For the best results, sow 100% Wildflower Mixes into bare soil. You may add 1 or 2g of Cornfield Annuals to the mix for extra first year colour, as some perennial species will not flower until 2nd year.

Then follow the instructions below:

Grass and Wildflower 80/20 Seed Mixes (sowing rate : 4-5g / m2)

Due to the maintenance required in the first year to establish perennial wildflower seed, expect most of these species to flower in the 2nd year. In the first growing year, every 6 weeks or so, cut all growth back to 60-70mm this will give the slower-growing perennial wildflowers the chance to establish. After the first flowering of the Annual species, cutting back should stimulate at least a second flush later in the year.

Then follow the instructions below:

1. The sowing area should be cleared of vegetation prior to sowing the seed (spraying off a few weeks before sowing or by other means).

2. Prepare a fine seed bed and sow lightly at the sowing rate recommended (1-2g / m2 for 100% wildflower mix and 5-6g / m2 for 80/20 mixes). This can be done either manually or by mechanical means (drilled, hydro-seeded etc). Where required, mix seed with fine, dry sand to bulk out the mix and make it easier to sow.

3. To ensure good contact between the seed and moisture in the soil, the sown area should be lightly pressed down either by a light roller or other methods, depending on the type of area. It is important that the seed does not dry out, so it will be beneficial to water the area in the first few weeks if dry weather prevails.

Wildflower Maintenance

The maintenance scheme for a wildflower project in its first few years is as important as the initial species selection. Establishing the correct maintenance schedule for your wildflower project will enhance longevity, mature growth, reliability and overall beautiful blooms.

Year 1
At the end of Summer or in early Autumn, make a final cut after the flowers have shed their seed, collect and remove cuttings. Spot treat or remove invasive weeds. No maintenance is required during winter.

Year 2 Onwards
You may wish to cut back any winter growth in early Spring, removing the cuttings afterwards. Allow the flowers to grow and bloom throughout the Spring and Summer. Cut back in late Summer or early Autumn. Cuttings can be left in situ for a few days before removing, this will allow seed to drop and increase the wildflower coverage for subsequent years. As the area establishes, the wildflower will strengthen and proliferate, giving a stronger display year-on-year. Spot treat or remove invasive weeds.



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Our bare root plants and cuttings are delivered between November and May (specific dates cannot be guaranteed) but we do encourage early planting for the best results.

Most orders are dispatched within 3-5 working days where stocks are available. If they are not available at the time of order you will be notified and an alternative delivery date discussed with you.We ship to mainland UK and the Isle of Wight (although surcharges may be incurred in some more remote areas). Our orders are generally sent out using a national courier but for local deliveries, we may use our own couriers. Orders can also be collected from the nursery by prior appointment and we are more than happy for you to do this if you prefer.

Our standard delivery charge is £15 plus VAT. This is for a next day delivery service in areas where this is available (i.e. mainland UK). For areas outside mainland UK, such as northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Scottish islands and mainland Europe, we can often offer delivery but will need to confirm the costs of these with you, so please call us to discuss on 01404 811229.  

There's usually no need to wait in for a standard delivery, our couriers will leave it in a safe place for you. If there is somewhere in particular you would like it left, please let us know at the time of ordering. For taller plants or a larger volume (particularly root ball trees), a pallet may be required. We will let you know at the time of your order as this will usually incur an additional fee. 

On arrival you should try to plant as soon as possible but, if the weather makes this impossible, cuttings will remain viable somewhere cold for 4 weeks. A cold shed or outside is fine but if the weather turns warm then put them into a fridge if possible. If you are unable to plant the rooted trees within ten days of arrival then we suggest that you unpack the bale and cover the roots with soil in a shallow trench to keep them moist.

It is important to look after your trees as they mature so now click on After-Planting Care for some useful guide-lines.