Waves of wildflowers are a breathtaking sight, and a welcome one in late winter. Desert wildflowers are adapted to harsh conditions and little rainfall, and will self-seed. Try annuals like lupine, Arizona or California poppy, milkweed, baby blue eyes and desert globe mallow.
In the Garden Center, look for packaged wildflower mixes that include growing medium and fertilizer.
Growing from seed is easy and rewarding, and an inexpensive way to make more plants. Seeds sown in the fall will give you flowers a few months later.
Sow Seeds of Desert Wildflowers:
- Select an area that drains well with full sun. Weed the area and rake smooth.
- Sow seeds according to the package instructions. Some seeds need to be soaked in water before planting.
- Cover lightly with soil, a mixture of soil and sand, or decomposed granite. Don’t cover seeds that need light to germinate.
- Water with a light mist after planting.
- Water the seedbed daily, keeping it moist until seeds have germinated. Then water every other day.
- Thin plants growing too closely together and remove weeds regularly.
- Cover seeds or seedlings with row covers or burlap to keep them from washing away or being flattened from hard rain. Shade cloth protects tiny seedlings if the sun gets too hot.