Posted: 26.06.2019

maber’s Pollinator Project is launched to coincide with the opening of the Leicester office.

 

Loss of habitat is the most pressing problem facing British bees and pollinators. Grasslands and natural wildflower habitats have suffered serious decline in the face of changing land management and farming practices.

Adding wildflowers to your garden is a simple and effective way to support bee and pollinator species by increasing the wildflower diversity in your area.

Once you have sown your pollinator seeds, send us an email to pollinator@maber.co.uk telling us where they were sown and we will add your contribution to our maber pollinators map.

 

Instructions for your maber pollinator seed package

 

Your maber pollinator seed package contains a mixture of twenty four nectar rich UK Native wildflower species which create habitat and food for a wide range of bees, butterflies and other pollinators. This mixture contains mainly perennial species to create a permanent wildflower area which establishes in the first year and flowers from the second year onwards. Annual seeds in the mix will germinate at any time in the growing season whereas perennial seeds will typically need to be sown in the Spring or Autumn. 81% of the wildflowers included in this mixture are recommended by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) as ‘Perfect for Pollinators’.

Wildflowers will not survive or compete in areas of lush grass or weed growth such as thistle, bindweed and nettle. Don’t sow perennial wildflowers into problem areas or in heavy shade such as below conifers, they won’t grow.

 

When you have cleared your planting area of all weeds and the soil is nice and crumbly, spread the seed evenly at a rate of 3g per sqm, and in the early stages, keep well watered. (Seed mix package will cover approximately 2 sqm.) Some species will germinate immediately, some may need a frost to help to break dormancy, so be patient – the seeds will lie in the soil until the conditions are right for germination to occur. Add a small dusting of compost to any uncovered seeds. Careful only to allow them to be buried between 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch deep. Do not bury them deeply, they will not be strong enough to grow out and sprout.

Weed – Occasionally you may need to pull out small sprouts or weeds you know are not from your wildflower seeds. If you’re unsure, don’t pull it, just wait to see if it flowers. Even weeds like dandelions are great for bees and pollinators.