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Plant a Pollinator Garden!

We have created a special wildflower seed mix for pollinator support as part of the NC Aquariums’ 40th anniversary celebrations. The 10 wildflowers included in this mix are known to attract a wide range of pollinators from late spring through fall. These wildflowers are native to the eastern U.S and will thrive in average well-drained soils.

Blanketflower Gaillardia aristata
Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa
Brown-eyed Susan Rudbeckia triloba
Dotted Horsemint Monarda punctata
Hoary Vervain Verbena stricta
Lance-leaf Coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolata
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea
Rattlesnake Master Eryngium yuccifolium
Showy Goldenrod Solidago speciosa
Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulosa

Getting started:

1. Fall is the best planting time to give your wildflowers a head start in spring. Wait until after the first frost, or when the growing season has ended, so that the seed won’t sprout before spring.
2. Select a sunny site with access to a water source, remove all existing vegetation and loosen the soil surface. This packet will cover about 12 to 16 square feet.
3. Mix the seed and about 4 times as much dry, clean sand in a container. This will prevent smaller seeds from clumping together.
4. Spread the seed/sand mix evenly on top of your prepared soil.
5. Do NOT cover the seed. Just press it down very firmly into the soil -- use your hands or walk over the entire area… or lay down a piece of plywood and jump on it!
6. On sloping sites, weed-free wheat straw can be used to reduce erosion over winter.
7. Water thoroughly, and repeat as needed during dry weather in fall.
8. Keep an eye out for wildflower seedlings in early spring!

Posted by Chelsea Miller at 2:43 PM

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