December 23, 2014 Comments (0) Seed Balls

How Do Seed Balls Work?

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What are Seedballs?

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 balls. The chili powder continues to deter predators while the seed ball slowly degrades and the seeds sprout.

How Many Seed Balls do I need to Scatter?

It depends on how dense you’d like your wildflowers to be. As a guide we recommend that you’ll need at least twenty seed balls per square meter for your garden. If growing in a small pot, 3 – 5 seed balls will probably be enough. For larger pots or window boxes, 8 – 12 seed balls should do the trick. The more accustomed you become with growing seed balls, the better you’ll be at gauging the perfect quantities to use!

Do they need to be broken up?

No! Leave them intact, they do not need breaking up. Once water has permeated the clay, the seeds will slowly begin to germinate inside the ball. Scattered Seed Balls should not be picked up once it’s rained, as this could damage any growing roots.

Do I need to water them?

If you scatter your seed balls outside there should be no need to water them. Just let nature take over! Saying that, a little watering during dry spells is always helpful. If your seed balls are inside or under cover then you will need to water them every 1-2 days.

How long do they take to grow?

Seedballs do require some patience as many wildflowers can take longer to grow and flower. Growing wildflowers is a longer term but rewarding project! We have scattered lots of seedballs and have had really good results.

Are the guaranteed to grow and flower?

There are lots of seeds inside each ball as not all the seeds are likely to germinate in the same year (or sometimes at all). 150 seeds ensures  at least 10 sprouts will grow from each of your seed balls in the first year, even for the non green fingered gardener. This ‘survival of the fittest’ approach also means that for the mixed species seed balls, those species most suited to the conditions in which they’re scattered will be the ones to thrive. It’s also likely that you’ll have fresh sprouts emerge over the next few years from the area where the seed ball was first scattered.

How long do Seed Balls last if I do not scatter them straightaway?

If you store them in a cool, dry place they will keep well and be suitable for planting for a couple of years.

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