Flower Crafts for Kids


Tame the Wildflowers
Tame wildflowers by planting them in your own garden.
Tame wildflowers by planting them in your own garden.
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Tame the wildflowers! They're called wildflowers, of course, because they grow wild. But you can also grow wildflowers in your garden. Wildflowers are hardy plants that are used to growing and blooming without a lot of pampering. You may be able to buy wildflower seeds, or you can collect them in nature. (First check to see if there are laws in your area about harvesting wildflower seeds.)

What You'll Need:

  • Wildflower seeds
  • A garden plot

How To Tame Wildflowers:Step 1: Pay attention to what wildflowers grow in your area. You'll often see them in parks and meadows and along roadsides. Of course, they're most noticeable when they're blooming. Different wildflowers bloom at different times, from spring through summer and into fall.

Step 2: When you see a type of wildflower that you like, watch it closely. The seed heads of most wildflowers are ready to pick three or four weeks after they bloom.

Step 3: Use a small garden clipper to clip off the seed heads, including the stems. Put them in a small paper bag or envelope and store them at room temperature in a dry place. Only take a few seed heads in any area. That way, you'll leave plenty of seeds for nature to grow next year's wild crop. And, of course, if you're on private property, get permission first.

Step 4: In most cases, you'll plant the seeds in late summer or early fall. Wildflowers like lots of sunlight. Plant them in broken up soil, and be sure the seeds are covered with soil. Otherwise, they'll become bird seed!

Step 5: Water the seeds well when you first plant them. If it doesn't rain, keep the seeds watered. The following spring, you'll have "tame" wildflowers.

On the next page, find out what your official state flower is and how to grow it.

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