The perfect time to plant them is April, May and June and it’s really easy to get them established (unlike seed) as the plants are well rooted and ready to go. We usually plant in drifts of three just because they look good like this and grouping them means you can prep the soil around them to give them more of a chance to spread and thrive. Just dig out the turf in the area you want to plant the plugs or pots (I would allow about a 50cm diameter circle. Dig it over and plant your plugs or pots and then choose an appropriate mix of seed balls around them and sprinkle them over the ground and make sure you water well. Repeat every where you want to in your meadow.
We love this method of upgrading your meadow as it is quick and easy and will give you pockets of extra colour and species.
We love seed balls as are their own mini ecosystem, protecting seed from birds, ants and slugs and giving them the nutrition they need to have a head start. You don’t have to have any gardening expertise. There is no need to propagate the seed, or even plant it! Just pop on top of soil, water and watch grow! Each seed ball has up to 100 seeds, a mixture of species suited to different conditions.
The balls are made from a blend of seed, clay (to protect the seed from ants, mice, birds etc.) peat free compost (to give seeds a boost) and chilli powder (an extra predator deterrent). This ancient technique of seed propagation provides all the nutrition and protection that a seed requires for its early growth – which is particularly useful for growing wildflowers, as their seeds often takes longer to germinate and grow than other garden plants.