Seed balls are a brilliant accompaniment to any scattering ceremony, adding something special by marking the spot with beautiful native wildflower that will grow adding beauty and attracting wildlife and this mix of seeds once grown into flowers will attract butterflies from far and wide.
Growing wildflowers from seed can be challenging – they are slow to germinate and grow. These balls change that, each seed ball has a magical formula – the seeds are mixed with clay, peat-free compost and a smidgen of chilli powder (the magic part), and rolled into a small ball. Each ball is about 1cm in diameter, making them super easy to scatter.
So why do they work?
The dried clay acts as a protective casing from common seed predators (such as ants, mice and birds). When enough rain permeates the clay, the seeds inside begin to germinate – helped along by the nutrients and minerals contained within the balls. The chilli powder continues to deter predators while the seed ball slowly degrades and the seeds sprout.
The Seed balls will work well in most environments – as long as the environment can support plant life. The wildflower seed ball recipe has been specifically developed with the UK in mind with the use of native species.
Scattering Seed Balls for a scattering ceremony – each tin is 6.5 cm diameter.
The RSPB is prompting wildflowers to encourage wildfowl to our shores, the seed balls are a small start – this is what they say – RSPB