Coffee is a worldwide addiction. Why do people drink coffee? Some love the taste. Others want an extra jolt of caffeine to get them through the day. And then some people drink it for its health benefits, digestion and even out of habit.
Worldwide, it’s estimated that 30% – 40% of people are coffee drinkers. And with a population of 7.88 billion people, that means at least 2.6 billion people consume this drink.
Why Do People Drink Coffee?
Surveys of people in the United States have been done to understand why coffee, instead of anything else, is their favorite drink. One survey of people over the age of 18 in the US (857 total respondents), found:
62% of people like the taste
58% drink coffee to wake them up
46% find pleasure in drinking coffee
36% use this drink to warm them up (it’s amazing on a cold morning)
33% are happier after drinking it
29% find coffee relaxes them
28% drink it out of habit
14% like to try new flavors (some are divine)
12% drink it socially
9% drink coffee for digestion after a meal
5% drink if for health reasons
But, there are still many other reasons that people drink coffee that didn’t make it on to this survey.
Coffee Gets People Through the Day
Why do people drink coffee? If you’ve ever struggled to get through the day or just woke up feeling exhausted, coffee may be the pick-me-up that you need. Ask most people that can’t get through the day without their jolt of java, and they’ll say they need coffee,
Caffeine boosts your energy levels. When you drink coffee, it stimulates the central nervous system due to the caffeine. Of course, decaf will not work in the same way. If you’re drinking caffeinated coffee, it will:
Increase energy levels thanks to it acting as a central nervous system stimulant.
Blocks adenosine, a neurotransmitter responsible for helping the brain regulate energy levels (read the study here).
Coffee, or the caffeine that it contains, will decrease fatigue and improve energy levels. I do want to mention, and this is something that is still being debated by people, but adding milk or fats to your coffee will slow caffeine absorption rates.
For example, if you drink your coffee black, you’ll absorb the caffeine faster than if you add milk to it.
Caffeine binds to the casein protein in milk, slowing caffeine absorption, which I find helps me avoid “crashing” after drinking coffee. If you feel like you get a jolt of energy after drinking coffee and then get tired 30 minutes later, add in some milk to see if it helps you.
A lot of research is going into the health benefits of coffee because of the high consumption rate across the world.
Coffee has Some Serious Health Benefits
Do you drink coffee? If so, you’ll love that there are a lot of potential health benefits that this drink offers that go overlooked. I encourage you to do some research on your own if you’re interested in knowing more about these benefits, but they include:
May slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease (read the study here).
May lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to an 11-study review.
Potentially decreases body fat, especially in men, according to a 12-study review.
May help lower depression.
May lower the risk of certain liver conditions.
Some studies even link coffee to a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. You’ll certainly want to read through these studies to make your own judgment on the benefits of coffee. The studies and reviews linked up above show some serious health benefits of coffee that you won’t experience when drinking other common drinks.
Beauty Benefits of Drinking Coffee
Coffee and beauty? What? Yup! You can up your beauty regimen with coffee, but you have to use the grinds for most of these beauty treatments. For example, there are a lot of coffee benefits for skin health and anti-aging, but you’ll need to make a scrub or a cream for these perks.
A few of the ways that people are using coffee in their beauty routine are:
Reduce puffy eyes and inflammation
Decrease sunspots and fine lines
Clear up acne
Fight back against dark eye circles
Again, most of these perks aren’t achieved by just drinking coffee. You will need to soak your foot in cool coffee to boost circulation or make your own exfoliator using the grounds to clear up your acne.
Some of the perks from CGA (what fights inflammation) are also experienced from drinking coffee. Yet, you’ll find that applying the grounds directly to the skin offers more targeted treatment. Coffee scrub benefits are pretty impressive, plus making a scrub is an excellent way to use grounds that you were just going to discard anyway.
And, I almost forgot to mention that you can use coffee for your hair.
Whether you’re a man or woman, coffee can help promote hair growth and stop hair loss. Studies show that the caffeine in coffee helps with:
Blocking DHT in the hair follicles of men
Extending the hair growth phase, also known as anagen
Promoting hair growth in women
If you exfoliate your scalp with coffee grounds, it can get rid of the dead skin cells on your scalp and also improve blood flow to the hair follicles.
Even if you’re just an avid coffee drinker, you’ll benefit from the antioxidants helping maintain the collagen in your body and caffeine promoting circulation. However, I would recommend using a coffee rinse or something similar to help with hair health.
With that said, putting all of these grounds down the sink or bathtub isn’t the best for your pipes. Instead, you may want to put a bathtub strainer or hairstopper over the drain to catch the grounds so that you can discard them properly.
Coffee Comes in Many Flavors
Coffee comes in so many flavors. If you run to Starbucks to grab an iced coffee latte with whipped cream and mounds of sugar, you’ll likely negate a lot of the health perks of drinking coffee.
If you don’t like hot coffee or it’s sweltering outside, there are a lot of benefits of cold brews, such as:
Helps with depression
And, you can also try to add some butter and coconut oil to your coffee to make bulletproof coffee, for something a little different. Bulletproof coffee benefits drinkers in quite a few ways, such as boosting your energy, it doesn’t cause people to crash like regular coffee can, encourages weight loss and even helps with inflammation.
Don’t like bulletproof coffee?
Try mushroom coffee.
Mushroom coffee comes in so many types, including lion’s mane, Reishi, chaga and many others. Mushroom coffee benefits include higher antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, immune system support, liver support and lower caffeine levels, too.
You’ll also find other coffee types and delicious beans from around the world:
However, coffee beans can be roasted in different ways, leading to unique tastes that are enjoyed around the world. Italian coffee, for example, is very dark and rich. You can also find coffee from the US, Germany, France – all over the world.
It’s fun trying out new coffee flavors and types of beans to find which you prefer drinking.
Why do people drink coffee? Most people love the taste, but when you dig into the benefits of coffee, you’ll find it also boosts energy, relaxes some people, aids in digestion and can even be used for beauty reasons.
Opening a pack of wildflower seeds, scattering them on your ground and hoping for your first blooms in a month or two is a thing of magic. For some, this strategy of planting wildflower seeds works. But for many others, there is quite a bit of work that goes into learning how to plant wildflowers in their:
In this guide, we’re going to cover the right way to plant wildflower seeds for success in your region and soil.
Planting Wildflower Seeds by Zone
First, you must plant the right seeds for your specific zone. We can go into great detail here, but here’s a quick introduction to planting in your zone:
USDA Zone 1 – 3: Sow in early spring
USDA Zone 4 – 6: Sow in fall
USDA Zone 7 – 11: Sow from September – December
If you’re in zones 7 – 11, you want to be cautious of the cold weather. If you have an unusually warm January, you may be able to sow your seeds even into January.
Note: You can view your planting zone on the USDA’s official website. Just type in your zip code and you’ll see the zones in your state. Multiple zones exist in most states, so you may be able to grow certain plants, while others that are an hour or two may not be able to.
When to Plant Wildflower Seeds?
Notes Annual Wildflower Planting
If you buy annual wildflower seed mixes, you’ll often find that planting in early spring doesn’t work. You didn’t fail or do anything wrong.
Germination will simply occur the following spring.
Often, if the mix of seeds that you purchase has a lot of annuals (many mixes have annuals and perennial seeds mixed together), you’ll have a better chance of germination in the year that you plant them.
The main issue is that you just never know what the season will hold.
If the season has any of the following characteristics, the seeds will need additional watering to grow properly:
Notes Perennial Wildflower Planting
Perennial wildflowers are a lot of people’s go-to option for planting because they come back every year. After all, who doesn’t want their lawn or garden to be filled with beautiful colors every year?
There is good and bad news:
Perennials are usually more drought-tolerant, but
Drought protection requires the flower to be well-established
Establishment often occurs in the second and subsequent seasons.
However, you do need to care for these perennials a little more than other types of wildflowers. If your perennials are not thriving, the most common culprit is a lack of rain. Supplemental irrigation will be necessary to keep your plants looking their best, especially if you have an unusually dry spring and summer.
Planting your seeds at the right time and in the right conditions will improve your chances of having your flowers bloom.
How to Plant Wildflowers Based on Site
Once you have a firm understanding of the zone requirements that you have and what it takes to grow certain seeds that you buy, it’s time to look at your land/lawn/garden – wherever you’re planting the seeds.
Sun or Shade
Full sun locations, which are defined as having sun for six or more hours of direct sunlight per day, work best. You may find rare wildflowers that can thrive in the shade, but for the most part, the seeds that you find in 99.9% of packets will thrive in full sun conditions.
Depressions in the Land
If you have a depression in your land that you’re trying to fill, such as a hole left over from a big boulder that is removed, this can make growth difficult. While you may be able to achieve growth, it’s really on a case-by-case basis.
Filling in the depression with compost or fill dirt before planting to level out the area is best.
What is the drainage like in the desired planting area? Wildflowers need a delicate balance of micro-organisms in the soil to allow for proper growth.
How To Plant Wildflowers on a Slope
Sloping land is beautiful and has a lot of benefits for some foods and plants, but there may be an issue with your irrigation. If your land is steep, like on the side of a mountain like mine, you’ll have:
There’s a lot to consider with sloping land and wildflowers, including:
Choosing a different location
You may be able to slightly grade the area to improve irrigation and allow for beautiful blooms. But there is too much to consider for us to provide you with a concrete option for growth on your particular slope without knowing the local soil or degree of the slope.
Wildflower Seed Planting Tips
1. Follow the Recommended Seeding Rates
For the most part, you’ll want to plant 4 – 5 pounds of seed per acre. Some companies recommend a seeding rate of 6 – 8 pounds, according to Michigan DNR. Since an acre of land is 43,650 square feet, you can be relatively safe planting 60 – 70 seeds per square foot.
The seed package you purchase will likely have the maximum seeding area mentioned.
Experts recommend planting more seed than needed rather than skimping out and trying to “stretch” your seed when you have too little.
2. Avoid Planting Seeds Too Deep
If you plant your seeds too deep, you risk the seeds struggling to get oxygen and light to grow. Most seed companies recommend planting at a depth of ¼ – ½ an inch, and it’s even acceptable for some seeds to be on top of the soil.
3. Cultivate with Caution
Cultivating the seeding area can improve growth, but you may also hinder growth, too. The main issue is bringing up weed seeds in the process. If you plan on tilling the soil, be sure to keep the tilling to a depth of 2 – 3 inches at most.
Otherwise, you risk weed growth competing for the nutrients that your wildflowers require.
4. Ensure Seed to Soil Contact
Seed-to-soil contact is one of the most important steps in planting. A few tips here are:
Cut the grass as low as possible before planting, then sow the seed
Use plywood, cover the seeds and stand on it to ensure soil contact
You can also simply walk on the seeds if you don’t have any plywood handy.
5. Water, Water, Water
You want to water your seeds thoroughly and gently.
Once sowed, thoroughly water the seeds
For the first three weeks, gently water every 3 days (or more often if it’s unusually hot)
If the season is dry, you’ll want to continue watering during the first few months to increase the odds of growth. You can stop your watering after the plant reaches 4 – 6 inches in height.
6. Plant When Soil Temperature is 55°F or Higher
Seed germination occurs at 55°F or higher, but you can plant when it’s cooler or warmer, too. However, planting when the soil will be at this temperature for two or three weeks will reduce the risk of a random frost killing your seeds or excessive heat impacting germination.
Consider Row Covers and Shade Cloth
Wildflowers may seem like a lot of work to care for properly, but you just need to be extra cautious until germination occurs. For seasons where you have excess rain or sun, you may want to:
Use burlap or row covers to keep the seed in place and from washing away
Place shade cloth on seedlings during unusually hot and sunny periods
Removing Weeds and Grass to Improve Your Odds of Growth
Weeds and wild grass will compete with your wildflowers for resources. If you want to improve the chance of germination and growth, you’ll want to:
Mow the grass to the shortest level possible before planting
Remove any weeds that you find popping up
Thin wildflowers that are growing too close together
If you follow this advice, you’ll reduce the risk of your wildflowers not germinating due to a lack of nutrients.
How Long Does It Take for Wildflowers to Grow?
Planting wildflower seeds may not result in current-year growth. A general rule of thumb is that germination will take 10 – 21 days. You may not see growth during the first or even second year if planting outside in your yard rather than in a highly controlled environment, such as a planter box.
Learning how to plant wildflowers takes a lot of time and effort. You should take your time when planting and prepping the seeding area slightly. While you can scatter seeds evenly on top of the soil and may see growth, you also have a high risk of failure.
Wildflower seeds do not require much to germinate and grow, but if the location and soil aren’t proper or drainage is poor, your seeds may not take.
If you need more help with planting wildflower seeds or learning how to plant wildflowers, read through our massive Growing Wildflowers Guide.
If you don’t have a lawn or garden to plant your wildflowers, you still have options for growing them. I’m going to explain how to grow wildflowers indoors, but it’s always better to grow these flowers outdoors because they’re great for pollinators, such as bees.
And with bee colonies falling 39% in a single year, it’s so important to do everything you can for them.
However, if you don’t have the space to grow, you have two main options:
Grow them in a plantar box
Grow them indoors
Growing indoors is often the only option people have for their wildflowers, and there are a lot of benefits to this, too. You can control the environment indoors, and this means that you can have beautiful blooms, less concern over weather fluctuations, drought, sunburn or leaf scorch.
With that said, let’s dive into growing your wildflowers.
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How to Grow Wildflowers Indoors in 5 Easy Steps
1. Start With the Right Soil Foundation
Whether you choose to use a nursery tray, a pot or a container, you’ll need:
Soil / potting mix
To fill until the container is 3/4 filled with soil
Now, it’s important to leave the soil loose and not to compact it. Compacting the soil will impact root development and aeration.
2. Sow Your Seeds
Next, sow your seeds. Ideally, you’ll mix your seeds with a bit of compost and then spread them as evenly as possible in your tray/container. You’ll want to ensure that the seeds are at most 1/4 – 1/8 inch deep.
You don’t have to worry about birds or other animals running off with the seeds with this depth, but you do want to ensure that the flowers can break through the surface and sprout.
The wildflower packet that you buy will have directions on how to space your seeds properly.
3. Gently Push the Seeds Into the Soil
Once you have your seeds spread evenly, you’ll want to gently push them into the soil and try your best to have compost mixed in. You want to use high quality compost because it will feed your seeds the nutrients they need to have a successful bloom.
I compost at my house, and it’s something I recommend you do if you can. Composting at home allows me to:
Waste less food scraps
Reduce the amount of waste we produce at home
Save money on compost
If you don’t have compost, you can find some at gardening centers or even online. Some potting mix will come with the compost mixed in already.
4. Water, Water, Water
During the initial weeks of growth, you’ll want to water your seeds daily or every other day. Touch the soil to make sure that it’s moist and not too dry for proper growth. Also, feel free to use some type of liquid fertilizer if you want to encourage growth.
However, it’s not necessary to use fertilizer if you have good compost.
5. Place in the Sun
Finally, place your container(s) in the sun in an area that receives full sunshine. Since you’re indoors, you’ll want to be cautious of your heating system. When we were experimenting with growing flowers indoors, we found the perfect sun-filled spot, but then noticed that the soil dried up quickly.
We had the pot really close to the HVAC vent.
Don’t make this mistake.
Instead, find a good spot that offers full sun or 6+ hours of sunlight per day.
If you want, you can transplant these seedlings outdoors after they’ve become established. However, this is a time-consuming process and not something I would recommend. Seed packets contain so many seeds that it makes the most sense to sow them directly in the ground, if you’re considering transplanting them in the future.
Tools for Growing Wildflowers Indoors
We mentioned a lot of different items that you’ll need for your wildflowers. Amazon has a lot of these items for sale, or you can go to your local garden store to find these items. A few of these items, include:
And, you’ll need to have wildflower seeds, too. We recommend reading our guide on buying wildflower seeds to find the right packets for your needs.
Note: All of the links are for general Amazon searches for these products. You can work through the reviews and pricing to find something perfect for your needs.
Personally, I prefer growing wildflowers outdoors because they attract bees, butterflies and other insects. Add in the fact that we have a vegetable garden, and the flowers attract honeybees, which will also pollinate our garden.
However, growing indoors is something we’ve tried, and it’s really nice to have flowers all around the house and add some color to our space. If you opt to grow indoors, you won’t be disappointed with the results.
Wildflower colors are fantastic and the blooms are much healthier, too, when growing indoors.
Wildflowers can fill your lawn or garden with an array of spectacular colors, from beautiful purples to white, red, yellow, pink and others. After all of your hard work and effort planting wildflower seeds and caring for them, you deserve to bring them inside to enjoy.
Learning how to cut wildflowers the right way will allow you to add a splash of color to your home’s interior – or wherever you plan on placing them.
However, if you cut these flowers prematurely or use the wrong technique, you will shorten their indoor lifespan.
Note: In some regions, such as Colorado, studies find that climate change is causing wildflowers to bloom weeks earlier than just 40 years ago. You need to be diligent to notice when the blooms are at their peak so that you can fill your home with these beautiful flowers.
How to Cut Wildflowers in 4 Easy Steps
Cutting your black-eyed Susans, bee balm, Dutch clover or any other wildflower that you’re growing can be very satisfying. If you plant these flowers from seed, you put a lot of time and energy into them.
Important: Do not wait until midday to cut your wildflowers. Cut them in the early morning or in the evening when the sun is going down.
Follow these steps on how to cut wildflowers properly to harvest your flowers and create a bouquet or put them into a vase:
Glide your finger down the plant’s stem, paying close attention to the texture of the stem.
Locate the “break” or indent in the stem. If you don’t feel the break, be sure to feel around until you do.
Cut slightly above the break.
Immediately place in a vase or bucket of water to prevent the flower from wilting while you cut the rest.
The main reason that you cut above the break in the stem is because this is the area where new growth occurs. If you’re early in the season, cutting at this strategic location will improve your odds of regrowth through the season.
If you’re near the end of the season, you can cut the stem closer to the ground.
Close cuts like this are not recommended if you want to have additional flowering during the season.
However, below are a few tips to help you have the most success when cutting your wildflowers.
Clean your snips, scissors or whatever tool you’re using between cuts and after every cutting session.
Wipe the blade when switching plants.
Cleaning the snips or wiping them down between cuts seem like a lot of work and is easy to overlook. What’s the worst that can happen? You can spread disease from one plant to another if you fail to follow this step.
Mold, mildew and other fungal pathogens can spread, causing a major issue among your wildflower meadow.
If you have any of these infections or diseases within your flowers, you’ll need to remove the infected flowers to stop the spread. One sign of disease can be identified by looking for dark brown anthers.
How to Cut Back Wildflowers
Cutting back your wildflowers if they’re growing out of control is something you may want to do. However, I do want to mention that:
Wildflowers are very durable, and you don’t need to cut back the flowers
Nature can take care of the wildflowers on its own
With that in mind, I do find that the wildflowers we grow at our house are healthier and seem to have better blooms when they’re cut back.
The lawn also looks a lot better when they’re trimmed back.
However, if you don’t have the time to trim back your growing wildflowers, it’s not something to lose sleep over. Chances are, you’re established flowers will still thrive even without your help.
The good news is that pruning the blooms is a simple process, albeit time-consuming:
Cut the plant 1/3 of its height
Mow in the right season
You can mow your flowers back, but many people will leave them in place all winter. When you mow them, don’t use your mower’s mulching setting if it has one. Instead, leave the stems on the ground.
When spring comes around, you can rake the remaining stems into the ground.
Plus, you’ll find many birds munching on the seeds.
Why not leave the seeds for wildlife? They may even drop some in flight and leave you with a colorful surprise in other areas of your property.
Now that you know how to cut wildflowers, why not take it one step further and learn how to grow wildflowers indoors? Growing indoors will allow you to enjoy blooms for longer and in a controlled growth environment.
Buying wildflower seeds is easy. Walk into a garden center or search for seeds at your favorite online retailer, pay for the seeds and be on your way. However, if you’re buying seeds blindly, you may find yourself with flowers that:
Don’t match the ideal color scheme of your garden
Grow better in other zones and not your own
The first packet of seeds we bought at my house, we just picked up anything at Home Depot and spread them out.
No flowers grew.
And that was a few years ago. That’s when we started researching seeds and realized that the seeds and our ground prep were suboptimal.
We’ve since had much better success with growing wildflower seeds – and a ton of others – because of the tips below.
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Tips on Buying Wildflower Seeds
When you buy seed mixes, there’s always an inherent risk that the seeds won’t grow. For example, you might buy from a company with subpar seeds, or there may be an issue with the soil or sowing of the seeds that lead to failure.
If you have native wildflowers growing in your area, this is a good sign that your seeds will take.
However, many people plant their own wildflower garden in areas where wildflowers aren’t in abundance. The right technique will improve your odds of growing beautiful displays. The following tips can help:
Regional packs: If you don’t know which wildflowers grow in your region, consider buying a regional mix. These mixes will allow you to buy seeds known to grow in your zone and increase the likelihood of growth.
Sun and shade: Look to see what level of sun the mix you want to buy requires. If the packet says full sun, be sure that you plant the seeds in an area that satisfies this demand.
Seeding rate: What is the seeding rate for the packet? I know that 80,000 seeds sounds like a ton of flowers, but a lot of these seeds will not grow into seedlings. If the packet says the seeding rate is 50 seeds per foot and that the packet covers 250 square feet, measure your growing area and buy seeds accordingly. You cannot “spread” the seeds out more and hope that planting 20 seeds per square foot will yield the same results.
Coverage area: How much area does the seed pack say it will cover? Look at the back of the packet or read through reviews online to ensure that you have enough seeds.
Annual and perennial: Blooms may last one year, come back every year or even bloom every other year. Many mixes offer a variety of seed types. Look to see what the general percentage of each type of seed in your mix is.
Pure seeds: Does the seed packet mention pure seeds? Buying pure seeds allows you peace of mind that the seeds aren’t going to have weeds and other random plants popping up.
Many seed sellers do offer a warranty, but read the fine print really well. A 30-day warranty is useless because you’re not going to have blooms this quickly.
You may also want to consider non-GMO varieties and stores that offer chemical-free seeds.
Finally, you need to find a reputable retailer to buy your seeds from. The following are a few good options for buying quality seed, but you’ll find many more in your region.
You can find a wide range of seed options at your local garden center. However, if you want to buy your flower and wildflower seeds online, there are more than enough options to choose from.
Wildflowers on Amazon
Amazon has everything. And they have a lot of seed options to choose from, too. You can purchase packets in bulk, find non-GMO options and read through a ton of reviews on the site.
A few of the top-selling wildflower seed mixes on Amazon include:
These seeds are well-rated and promise to have:
“Guaranteed to grow,” these seeds fill a 100-square-foot space. If you do choose this mix, I recommend the bulk ¼ pound option because it has 30,000 seeds.
The Mountain Valley Seed Company Store offers a non-GMO package that includes:
19 varieties, including milkweed, lupine and poppy
100% pure, non-GMO seeds
Hardiness zones 2 – 10 can use these seeds, which will cover an area of 250 square feet. The seed packets have 69% annual plants, 16% perennial plants and 15% biennial plants.
American Meadows is an amazing company, and they’re known for offering 100% pure seeds with no fillers and non-GMO. In addition, when browsing their site, they categorize all of the wildflower seeds for you by region to help you find seeds that will grow easily in your area.
What makes American Meadows special is that they offer:
Bulk pricing options for commercial planting or massive gardens
Guides and videos on how to properly grow your seeds
100% satisfaction guarantee
You’ll also find that their prices are amazing, especially on their sales page. Many of their mixes are sold in ¼, ½, 1-, 5-, 10-, 25- and 50-pound options. Each sales page also includes light requirements, advantages of each mix and which zones they grow in.
Growing your own wildflower meadow is magical. You can add pops of color surrounding the native plants that grow in your area, making for an array of colors and scents that you can enjoy.
However, buying wildflower seeds that work well in your landscape, attract native pollinators and offer colorful blooms is your first step to growing success.
The tips above and adhering to the advice in our growing wildflowers guidewill increase your chances of growing wildflowers. You’ll find that the information above will be useful when growing bee balm, black-eyed Susan’s, butterfly weed, California poppy, common blue violet, daisy fleabane, Dutch clover, evening primrose, Indian blanket, lupine, oxeye daisy, purple coneflower, Joe Pye weed, wild bergamot and many others.