Seed Starter Guide
Use the following tips to get the most from your seeds.
- Within Australia, the wildflower and herb seeds can be planted at any time of year apart from winter when there is a threat of frost.
- Follow the instructions provided with the seeds. Some seeds require a little preparation (e.g. soaking overnight in water, or the addition of Karrikins 'smoke' granules). Please don't skip this step.
- After planting your seeds, keep the soil surface evenly moist. Use a spray bottle that applies a fine mist to avoid disturbing the seeds.
- Preserve warmth and moisture by keeping your pots in a greenhouse.
- If you don’t have a greenhouse, re-use a plastic container with drainage holes (e.g. a berry or cherry tomato punnet).
- Patience is a virtue! Australian native seeds may take a little longer to germinate that other varieties. This is great, because you can plant mid-Winter (after the threat of frost) for a head start in Spring.
- Once your seeds have sprouted, remove them from the green house (or plastic containers).
- For native Australian wildflowers, use a low phosphate organic fertiliser to encourage healthy development and colourful blooms.
- Australian wildflowers require minimal watering once they have fully developed. Water them once a week, or once a fortnight depending on where they are planted.
- When your seedlings have outgrown their germination pots and seedling socks, put them directly into a coconut coir plant pot, container or your garden bed.
- Protect all plants from snails, slugs and catepillars.