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Sunday - April 22, 2007

From: Austin, TX
Region: Select Region
Topic: Wildflowers
Title: Best time to plant wildflowers
Answered by: Damon Waitt

QUESTION:

I am in charge of the construction of a 3-4 mile nature trail around our organization's property and was wondering, 'when is it best to plant wildflowers?

ANSWER:

For most wildflowers, fall or early winter is the best time to sow the seeds. You can learn more about sowing wildflower seed by reading the ever-popular Wildflower Meadow Gardening in our how to articles.
 

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