One of the most important components in plant growth is soil compatibility. Certain types of soil means that plants will grow in some, but will not grow in others. Every species has a range of soil types that it can flourish in. This is because there is a range of nutrients, soil density, and water content that creates the perfect environment for some plants to grow in.
Therefore, when planting wildflowers, you need to think on a different level than you do planting vegetables or other types of flowers. When planting vegetables or other types of flowers, you normally change out the soil to accommodate the plant. However, with wildflowers, you have to figure out which wildflowers will work in the soil you currently have.
Establishing Your Soil Type
In order to select the right wildflowers, you need to determine the type of soil you have on your land. Let’s look at the three most common types of soil where wildflowers grow.
Sandy soil doesn’t necessarily refer to actual sand. Sandy soil can grow in any region of the U.S. based on its composition. Growers often refer to it as light soil, because it contains large particles that are loose and easy to work through. Since the soil is loose, water can flow quickly through it. Thus, the soil may dry up quickly.
Sandy soil also lacks adequate nutrients since it doesn’t retain moisture and allows too much air to pass through it. Last, sandy soil is more acidic than other types of soil.
Clay soil has the complete opposite properties as sandy soil. Clay soil consists of small particles that are tightly packed together. Because of the soil can be hard and difficult to till or work through. When clay soil dries up, it can have the same density as concrete or brick.
The benefit to dense soil, however, is that it retains its nutrients and moisture. Thus, it can be an oasis for wildflowers with roots that can penetrate the soil.
As you might guess, the properties of loam soil fit in between sandy soil and clay soil. It is not too loose or dense. Therefore, loam soil can be perfect for a wide range of wildflowers, because it allows for root growth without losing water or nutrients.
This combination helps with the drainage and means that the soil can just crumble in your hand and yet still hold its shape. As loam doesn't dry out in the summer or get waterlogged in winter, it is an ideal soil all year round.
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