Planting Native Seeds with the Rains

Perhaps the cheapest and easiest way to plant is to plant native seeds within or beside water-harvesting earthworks or rain gardens at the beginning of the rainy season. If there is enough rain the seeds will germinate and grow. If there is not enough rain, they’ll lay dormant until conditions are right to grow. Planting within or beside water-harvesting earthworks dramatically increases germination rates of the seeds and growth of the seedlings thanks to the extra water these earthworks provide.

And as the in-situ-grown plants grow, their roots expand further than nursery grown plants transplanted from pots, because their root growth was never hemmed in by a pot. The more extensive the root system, the stronger the plant in wind and drought, and the more moisture it can access.


We give free native seed to those volunteering at our neighborhood forester events so they can plant their sections of the neighborhood – and we also help with those seed plantings as requested.

We also help with plant identification, have posted native wildflower signs in the neighborhood, and organize Work & Learn weeding parties so desired native wildflower and other plants dominate, reseed, and expand as opposed to undesired invasive weeds.

Find out more in our Planting Guide and Work & Learn stewarding parties

Wildflower seeds are sown in and around rain gardens with the ideal planting time at the beginning of the rainy seasons.
Photo: Brad Lancaster
Spring wildflower show thanks to planting of native wildflower seed in late fall.
Photo: Brad Lancaster

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