How to Make Wildflower Seed Balls

Grow a bunch of black-eyed Susan wildflowers in your yard.
Grow a bunch of black-eyed Susan wildflowers in your yard. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Colorful wildflowers make a great addition to your flower garden or barren area of your yard. Growing wildflowers is simple when you use seed balls. Seed balls are small balls made of soil and seeds that are spread about an area to grow naturally without any digging or mulching. You can make wildflower seed balls with a few easy to find materials, water and sunshine.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Red clay soil
  • Compost
  • Wildflower seeds packet
  • Water
  • Tarp or blanket

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Combine .2 grams of wildflower seeds, 1 part compost and 5 parts red clay soil. The wildflower seeds weight in grams is located on the package; each packet can contain over 1,000 seeds. Bags of prepared compost can be found at garden supply stores. Red clay soil is available at craft or potter supply stores; this is also known as terra cotta clay.

Add water a cup at a time to moisten the soil mixture until the mixture is moist enough to form into balls that measure approximately 1/2 inch in diameter or the size of a marble.

Roll the soil into balls, rolling and squeezing the soil tightly until the soil begins to harden and can hold a round shape.

Set the seed balls on a tarp or blanket in the sunlight to dry for 24 to 48 hours. The seed balls must be completely dry before you scatter them.

Scatter the seed balls by hand in the area you wish the wildflowers to grow. Keep in mind one seed ball contains enough seeds to cover 1 square foot of space.

Do not water the seed balls. They will wait to germinate until they receive an ample amount of rainfall.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use clay soil from your own yard in lieu of purchasing red terra cotta clay. You need to sift this soil to remove any clumps or rocks. A soil sifter is easy to make by attached wire mesh to four 2 x 4 boards.
  • According to the University of Texas at Austin's Lady Bird Wildflower Center it's important to use wildflower seeds that are native to your area; introducing new species of flowers can be harmful to the environment. Some wildflower seeds to use in your seed balls include Indian blanket, Shasta daisy, cornflower, corn poppy, black-eyed Susan and evening primrose.


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