This part sun mix took inspiration from the oak savannas and open woodlands that surround the Chicago Wilderness area. Specifically designed for installation at the onset of restoration and also for overseeding of sunny woodlands that need a little bit of help, this mix contains some of the native species that begin and continue the healing process and provide competition for the dreaded buckthorn and other invasive plants, with a little bit of diversity added for functionality and aesthetics. If you have high weed pressures from recently removed invasive woody and/or herbaceous species consider doubling the seeding rate to help compete against the invasive species.
We would love to include Carex pensylvanica (Common Oak Sedge or Pennsylvania sedge) in the seed mix however, it does not typically produce enough seed for us to sell commercially. It is critically important to midwest woodlands!!!! You can read about it at the aforementioned link. Please consider adding several flats to your order.
*This seed mix contains 34 species including 27 species of wildflowers, 5 species of grasses, and 2 species of sedges.
The species contained in this mix are certainly the backbone of woodland wildflowers and critical to restoration efforts. However, certain native woodland plants can be very challenging to establish from seed and can take a lot of time to develop. To establish these hard to germinate beauties it is recommended that this mix is augmented with a diverse mix of woodland flowers, sedges, and grasses through supplemental plantings. Also, remember that most folks overestimate the amount of light they receive. If you believe that you are on the shadier side of things also consider augmenting with more shade tolerant woodland plants to fill out that end of the light spectrum. These supplemental woodland ephemeral flowers, grasses, and sedges found by clicking here.
- Requires Cold Moist Stratification
- Mostly Sunny To Partly Shade
- Wet-Mesic to Dry-Mesic Soils
- Don't forget the cover crop.
- Don't forget the inoculant.
*Provided as Pure Live Seed
*All mixes may vary in % composition and species composition based upon availability.
All seed sales are final and can not be returned because they are custom mixed at the time of purchase.
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