Seed Mix Establishment: The First Three Years

Prairie Seeds will often germinate over a period of two to three years. Some will appear the first year, while others will come up in the second and even third year after the initial planting. Most perennial prairie flowers and grasses will not begin to flower until their third or fourth full growing season.

Patience is a virtue when establishing a prairie – follow these directions carefully, and give your prairie time to develop. Although your prairie seeding may appear to be a bit of a “weed patch” the first year or two, by the third year numerous flowers and grasses should begin blooming and can crowd out some weeds. Be vigilant in monitoring your prairie for weeds and follow the recommendations for weed control.

Perennial prairie plants devote most of their efforts in the first few years to developing their famous root systems. They will not be readily apparent in the first few years, with little visible above ground growth. However, these busily growing plants are steadily building the incredible root systems that will sustain them in future years. The deep roots of the prairie flowers and grasses give them long-term staying power that allows them to squeeze out annual and biennial weeds, and to return year after year, for decades.

Designed for areas of 1000 square feet or more, we’ve designed 24 native seed mixes for virtually any soil or condition:

Establishing a native plant seed mix is a long-term investment in your landscape, which requires careful planning. When questions arise a one-on-one conversation may be the best way to get the information you need. Don’t hesitate to call us at 800-476-9453, Mon. – Fri., 8am – 5pm, CST. Or, email us at We are happy to discuss individual complexities in order to make your planting a success.