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Roll Out Flowers

Gardeners who are inexperienced or who have little time to work in the garden are especially fond of roll out flowers. They simplify the entire process of seed germination and planting.

Some roll out flowers include a variety of plants. One preseeded garden might include cornflowers, daisies, baby’s breath, candytuft, sweet William, calendulas, godetia, stock, annual phlox, and black-eyed Susan, for example. Others include only annual seeds, only perennials, a wildflower mix, or some other special collection. There are many kinds of collections to choose from.

Seed Mats

Seed mats are made of biodegradable materials — usually some kind of wood fiber — with seeds embedded into the mat itself. They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, from ten-feet by ten-inch rectangles to circles three inches in diameter. Most seed mats can be cut into other shapes with a sharp knife or large scissors. Mats can be purchased for both flower seeds and vegetable seeds. Sometimes moisture retaining granules and/or fertilizers are included as well. Roll out flower mats are usually prepared with a mixture of flowers that can all be grown under similar conditions — full sun or part shade, for example. Often, the flowers will be chosen so that they do not all bloom at once, giving the gardener a full blooming season and a variety of flower shapes and colors.

A seed mat provides a favorable environment for seed germination. It also acts as a light mulch, inhibiting weed growth and retaining moisture.

Seed Tapes

Seed tapes are long, narrow strips of tissue-paper-like material. They are filled with evenly-spaced seeds. When wet, the paper-like material keeps the seeds moist for germination. Soon afterward it will disintegrate, leaving the seeds perfectly placed in a garden row.

Seed tapes are a particularly good choice for tiny seeds that are difficult to sow evenly. The ‘paper’ prevents hungry birds from eating seeds and also keeps seeds from being washed away during sudden heavy rains.

Gardeners who are inexperienced or who have little time to work in the garden are especially fond of roll out flowers. They simplify the entire process of …