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Table Talk: Do You Have Seeds For Shade?

January 23, 2019

By: Barb Holtz

Throughout the year, OPN Seed (Ohio Prairie Nursery) offers information and products at a variety of events. When I staff our table, I have the pleasure of swapping garden stories, catching up with past OPN patrons and fielding queries about native plant landscaping. This series answers some of the most common questions.

At OPN Seed (Ohio Prairie Nursery), we specialize in native species that attract pollinators, support sustainability and are part of prairie/meadow habitats. Generally, this can mean sun-preferring plants. When approached by a table talker interested in shade-tolerant plants, I ask, "How much shade?"

Full shade and partial shade (or part/dappled sun...they're both great terms) are very different things. Most OPN seeds require full sun to dappled sun. Dappled sun or partial sun plants skirt the edge of deciduous forest or treed yard. Our Woodland Edge Native Seed Mix works well in these areas. This mix will need at least 4 hours of sunlight a day to germinate. Now, if you have an area of full shade, it can be a tough landscape to sow.

OPN Seed, as our name suggests, is in the business of selling seed. But, seed success is an equally important goal. I won't sell you seed doomed to fail because it's not suited for your yard. I'll ask plenty of questions to make sure the right native seed mix is in your hands. If full shade is your landscaping lot, then I'd steer you towards our Woodland Wildflowers Seed Packet. This mix will work well in forested areas with less than four hours of sunlight a day, but is slow to establish. You can always use Regreen™ as a nurse crop during the establishment phase.

Even if you weren't able to catch me at an event, you can always catch the Prairie Guys online or give them a call at 866-569-3380. They're happy to help!

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