Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Pollinator mixes at American Meadows

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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Nov 27, 2015 6:31 PM CST
They have a collection of their pollinator mixes on sale right now.

AmericanMeadows.com
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jan 3, 2016 4:44 PM CST
Are you sure they are native? Many mixes are not if native to their areas being used great but if not scary
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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CarolineScott
Jan 3, 2016 7:59 PM CST
You are right, some components may not be native and cause problems.
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jan 3, 2016 8:03 PM CST
Prarire moon sells much better meadow mixes
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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CarolineScott
Jan 3, 2016 8:06 PM CST
Oh I did not know that.
I have not had problems with these, but perhaps in other zones there may be components which are harrnful to the environment.
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jan 3, 2016 8:07 PM CST
I like shopping at Prairie Moon, too! I never buy mixes, though because I'm just too particular with my plants. I guess if I had more land and I needed to cover a large area, I would consider it.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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CarolineScott
Jan 3, 2016 8:14 PM CST
They do post a list of what is in the mixes.
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jan 3, 2016 8:21 PM CST
Yeah, but there's always some I would want and some I wouldn't in the mix. Hilarious! So I stick to the single species packs.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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CarolineScott
Jan 3, 2016 8:23 PM CST
I do single species too.
The mixes give me a chance to see what will take here in zone was 3, now 4a.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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CarolineScott
Jan 4, 2016 7:16 PM CST
You know I don't like the site that you are recommending for two reaons:
1. They do not sell by weight, but rather by what they think covers a certain area.
2. I would not want all those grass seeds in my mixes.

I am staying with AM !
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jan 5, 2016 8:38 PM CST
The reason they have more grasses then forbs is to be historically accurate. The tall grass prarire one on the most endangered ecosystems on the planet was historically 1/3 flowers

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