Wildflower and Invasive Seed Mixes
Are you aware of all the species your wildflower seed mix contains?
Unfortunately, many ‘Wildflower’ seed mixes are full of invasive plants! Invasive plants tend to germinate easily, grow quickly and reproduce prolifically, which means you probably don’t want them in your garden. When planning out your gorgeous pollinator attracting gardens be sure you aren’t accidentally introducing common invasives that are widely sold at garden centers.
Follow these 4 Top Tips:
TOP TIP 1: Local Seeds
Purchase seeds locally of native seed producers like:
TOP TIP 2: Education & Resources
Use the PlantWise- Grow me Instead resources to grow non invasive and native flowers as an alternative. These are available at local reputable garden centers and at our farmers market events.
TOP TIP 3: Seed donation & Seed Library
Stop by one of our outreach events or Farmers Market to collect some local seeds harvested in Revelstoke and sorted at our “Seed Saving Workshop” with the Revelstoke Bee City and the Revelstoke Local Food Initiative in the fall last year.
We have seed packs with Fireweed, Goldenrod and Pearly Everlasting (beautiful alternative to Baby’s Breath).
Available by donation.
TOP TIP 4: Avoid Bulk and Commercial Seed producers
Avoid purchasing inexpensive bulk seed packs from large commercial chains. Often these seed mixes produced overseas and are full of “cheap filler” invasive species. Check the ingredient list before purchasing, this can only be found on the packaging or online at the company’s website. Please contact CSISS if you are unsure.