Irish Wildflower Seed Bombs - Save Bees - No Pots or Gardening Tools Needed - 20 per pack (20ft)
Each seed bomb is home to over 100 wildflower seedlings compressed in a nutrient rich protective natural clay ball. When the right weather conditions arrive in springtime and early autumn, the seed bombs once thrown to the bare soil areas will in their own time germinate and sprout into new life. Regular natural rainfall and sunshine enables the seedlings to grow into beautiful wildflower havens for an abundance of different wildlife species to enjoy.
Just throw your new Wildflower Seed Bombs to the area of ground you have chosen and the seed bomb will explode into growth and develop into a beautiful display of colourful wildflowers and an abundant feasting ground for bees, butterflies, birds, moths and other precious Irish pollinators.
No pots or gardening tools required. Growing wild flowers is so easy, and also great fun for all ages.
The unique Irish seed bomb recipe is produced in Co. Meath using top quality local Irish soil, clays, sand, sourced chilli powders to deter insect predators from hacking the seed bombs, and 34 NON GM wildflower seed species (*both native and non native but beneficial to bees), many of which are in decline, some are endangered, some classed as extinct! All are selected with care and purpose, to feed the native wild life of Ireland and create environmental biodiversity and balance.
The species list of included seeds was selected for their nectar and pollen so we can address our pollinator decline, which is in emergency status. The seed supplier put together a special garden mix for pollinators. They are currently working with Biodiversity Ireland on putting together a European directive.
Seed Bombs contain both annual and perennial species, so the perennials grow each year but the annuals die after flowering and then seed themselves, its down to nature whether they regrow or whether the seeds are eaten by hungry wildlife. You can successfully grow in shady or non shady areas, some seeds may not germinate in shady areas such as the sunflowers however. Regular watering is also key to their growth.
How to use:
In Spring, Summer or early Autumn, use a dedicated patch of land or fill pots, containers, neglected areas or flower beds in gardens with your wildflower seed bombs. 20 seed bombs will give you about 20 ft of wild flowers.
If possible, lay ink free cardboard down onto the area you want to plant, whether it be grass or overgrown boarder beds. Add topsoil. This saves the hard work of digging and also prevents the stored carbon in the earth from being released.
Throw on your seed bombs – ideally, timed to coincide with rain, so the seeds have a good start. (It’s best to use them straight away, as they could start to sprout. But if you do need to save them, keep the seed bombs in a cool, dark, dry place – and not for more than a few weeks).
Once the Irish seed bomb is thrown or launched to the ground, water them regularly (they love water so it's especially important to water them in dry weather) and approximately three to four weeks later, the first flower seedlings will work their way out through the seed bomb and root into the earth below.
Once the right weather conditions arrive for germination, your little seed bombs will explode into life and grow into mini wild flower meadow havens for wildlife to enjoy.
“Unfortunately, Irish pollinators are in decline, with one third of our 98 bee species threatened with extinction,” - Dr Úna Fitzpatrick from the National Biodiversity Data Center Eire, who chaired the steering group for Ireland’s latest plan.“Bees are declining because we’ve drastically reduced the areas where they can nest and the amount of food our landscape provides for them".
Clay seed bombs and seed balls are an ancient natural farming method practiced by our ancestors to re-generate riverbanks and land areas after flooding. This successful method of natural farming is a great new way to restore biodiversity back into urban, public, and rural areas of our island.
Farmers in the US already using bee friendly seed bombs successfully:
Follow @seedbombsireland for lots of tips and information.
Pack of 20 seed bombs (to cover approx 20 foot of planting).
* Not all insects are in Ireland all of the year round, so a label of being native or non native is difficult to qualify. We welcome the swallows from Africa in April to September, the painted lady butterfly is classed as native but spends her winters in warmer climates and she loves the marigold family. Many birds love the sunflower seeds too but these are not classed as natives. Our seed bombs contain many native species and some that are not classed as natives but offer important food and habitat to many species and therefore we are keeping them in the mix. Also many home gardeners requested these extra species for colour and added interest.