Phacelia is a favourite of bees especially all species of bumble bees
This lovely wildflower should be on every beekeeper’s list as the eye-catching, lavender-coloured flowers are very rich in both nectar and pollen. Phacelia also makes a great seed for use by any gardener who wants to create a more bee-friendly environment. Phacelia attract a huge variety of bees, butterflies, hover flies and pollinating insects. Farmers often sow Phacelia because of their suitability as a green, manuring crop.
Phacelia plants establish and flower within 8 weeks of sowing. Unlike Borage, the plants are not great for coming back in the second year. Phacelia seeds should be sown each year for guaranteed success. When they attract hover flies to your garden, they will be helping you with pest control, as well as offering colour and improving biodiversity, and so this ornamental cover crop is helpful as well as attractive.
How to Sow Phacelia Seeds
Phacelia seeds need a fine and fluffy seedbed. The bed does not need to be deep at all. A depth of 2 to 3 cms is perfect. Roll or lightly rake in afterwards. We do not recommend scattering them on uncultivated soil. The plants have few problems with pests or diseases, which makes them an easy and environmentally friendly addition to your green spaces.
Our phacelia seeds are sold in two different packet sizes suited to different projects. Both packet sizes qualify for free delivery.
- 50g packets to cover 75 square metres.
1kg packets to cover .20Ha.