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Create a gorgeous wildflower patch in your yard with these fun flower bombs!
DIY Flower Bombs With Wildflower Seeds
Wildflowers are so beautiful to look at and can be so helpful in keeping honeybees happy around the world! But, scattering seeds can get a little tricky. That's where these wildflower seed bombs come in. This is a fun spring activity to do alone or with your kids, and planting them is a breeze. Here's how to make these flower bombs:
What is a flower bomb?
A flower bomb is a small cluster of flower seeds (mainly wildflowers) mixed with a base like compost or clay. The seeds can grow and thrive better when mixed with the base and planted deeper in the soil.
Why use a flower bomb instead of scattering seeds? Wildflower seeds are light and susceptible to being washed away or blown away if scattered on top of soil. In order for the seeds to really take off, they need to be planted into soil and have something to hold onto (like the base).
Making a seed bomb helps to ensure your wildflower meadow can grow and you're not wasting time planting or watering blown away seeds.
What is in a flower bomb?
For my flower seed bombs, I used:
- Construction paper
- Perinneal wildflower seeds (I grabbed this large pack at Walmart but you can get smaller seed packs for cheaper!)
How do you make flower bombs?
Making your flower bombs is so easy! Here's how to do it:
- In a bowl, rip up your construction paper into small pieces. Depending on how many seed bombs you want to plant, you'll use about 5-10 pieces of paper. I found that one piece of construction paper yielded 2-3 flower bombs.
P.S. I used lots of different colors of paper to have a little fun with my kids but you can definitely use all one color!
- Pour water over the paper until it is all covered. Let soak for about 30 minutes.
- Once the paper is nice and wet, pour your mixture into a blender or food processor (I used my Ninja). I ended up pouring a little water out so it wouldn't be too wet. Blend until you have a nice pulp – still wet but dry enough that you're able to hold it in your hands and form a shape.
Note: I also ended up using a small mesh strainer to get rid of a little more excess water – you can play around with your water amount.
- Return to your bowl and mix in the wildflower seeds. It should end up looking like you're making chocolate chip cookies dough.
Do wildflower seed bombs work?
To make sure your flower bombs take off in your garden, follow a couple good rules of thumb.
To plant, dig a small hole for each seed bomb. You want to plant them about 4″ down and ensure about 12″ of space in between each seed bomb so you don't overcrowd your garden.
Note: If you're making your wildflower seed bombs ahead of time but you're not ready to plant yet – store in a an air-tight container for up to a few days and re-wet the bombs to their original texture before planting.
After planting, water the area regularly – keep the soil moist while the seeds germinate (about 4-6 weeks). After your flowers have sprouted, they need less water if your area gets semi-regular rainfall.
Maintain your garden by weeding regularly. Once wildflowers have bloomed, they need very little care other than weeding and a little water – kind of a “set it and forget it” flower. 🙂
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