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Project assumptions

Wild pollinators need food and shelter. That is why we help to create a network of urban insect hotspots - balcony nanomeadows with various wildflowers.

Cornflowers, field poppies and other annual wildflowers, which appeared naturally among cereal fields, used to be called weeds. Now we strive to bring them back to nature as the intensive and chemically stimulated agriculture leaves no room for them.

In 2019, as part of a pilot action, we distributed several hundred packagings of seeds to flower balconies. We already have a lot of experience, so it’s high time to undertake further-reaching activities. Together, we can create a network of hotspots for pollinators. Every wildflower counts, every flowerpot. Every well-intentioned person can do something good. You will be able to receive our seeds for balcony boxes and wildflower pots again in the spring.

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Project assumptions

Wild pollinators need food and shelter. That is why we help to create a network of urban insect hotspots - balcony nanomeadows with various wildflowers.

Cornflowers, field poppies and other annual wildflowers, which appeared naturally among cereal fields, used to be called weeds. Now we strive to bring them back to nature as the intensive and chemically stimulated agriculture leaves no room for them.

How to set up a wildflower meadow in a pot?

It is very easy to reproduce wildflower meadow in your garden or on the balcony by sowing native wildflowers in pots or flowerbeds. Plants can be sown directly into the ground or planted from previously prepared seedlings. This floral composition looks great in a container on a sunny balcony or terrace, but works equally well in naturalistic gardens and open spaces. Flowers need a lot of sun and moisture in the first weeks after sowing, so be sure to put the pot in a warm, very bright place and water them regularly.

What will be needed?

wildflower seeds

compost-based garden soil

watering can with sprinkler

flowerpot

What's next?

1.

Fill the pot with a mixture of soil and compost. Prepare a seed portion suitable for the size of the pot. To create ​​1 square meter of meadow, all you need is a tablespoon or about 5 g of ready-mixed seeds. This portion of seeds is enough for a 60 x 20 cm pot. The seed mix should contain poppies, cornflowers, tares and other wildflowers naturally found in our landscape. If the pot is large, and you can wait for flowering until the next season, the pot may contain perennial species. Each year it will only require cutting dried stems.

2.

Sow the seeds evenly in the pot. To facilitate even sowing, the seed mixture can be mixed with a small amount of filler, e.g. sand, vermiculite or ... broken corn.

3.

Lightly press the seeds into the ground. This keeps the seeds in place. They can be additionally sprinkled with soil. It is important that they have access to the sun, and at the same time ensure good contact with wet ground.

4.

Water and place the pot outside. Soon the first roots will appear thus tying the plant to the site. Watering is extremely important in the first weeks after sowing. When the plants complete intensive growth, regular watering will no longer be so important.

If the conditions are right for the beginning of vegetation, the first seedlings will soon appear in the pot. The plants will be bigger and stronger every day. In the next posts we will write how to proceed with flowers grown in pots.

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