Applewood specializes in small to large-scale production of open pollinated (OP) flower seeds which include wildflowers, heirloom garden flowers and newer flower varieties. They reproduce either through cross-pollination or self-pollination. OP garden flowers are standard varieties that breed true, producing offspring that look the same as their parents. This is called breeding “true to type”. They are sown from seed collected in the previous growing season without concern that the offspring will have vastly different traits from the parents.
In contrast to OP flower varieties, the offspring of many hybrid species do not breed true. It is not advisable to retain seeds of hybrid plants for planting in the next growing season. F1 hybrids are developed through a process of crossing two different varieties of the same plant species. Each parent plant comes from a pure line and breeds true to type. Pollination is achieved through hand pollination of the female line using pollen from the male line. It is time consuming and more expensive, but the offspring have favorable traits of both parent lines. F1 hybrids are very consistent in appearance and characteristics. Read more →
Dormant seeding, a fairly common practice for turf seed on athletic fields when the playing season ends, can also be advantageous for planting wildflowers. It is appropriate in areas with cool climates when supplemental irrigation cannot be provided and adequate rainfall is anticipated in the spring.
Spring was cold and wet in Arvada, CO this year and that has certainly affected our planting times in our trial garden as well as bloom times. This will be the first of a continuing series of posts letting you know what is currently blooming in our area. This post will focus on perennials.
Applewood now sells wildflower, garden flower, native grass and herb seeds nationally and internationally to many different wholesale markets. The company works with over 100 professional seed growers in many different climates and geographical areas.
In the mid-80’s Applewood began selling bulk wildflower seed to the highway and re-vegetation markets including city, state and federal governments, parks, golf courses, landscapers and other seed companies.