Bee Helpful Pollinator Blend
Spring Planting: this product will be shipped late April through May according to your hardiness zone.
Pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds play a critical part in our planet's biodiversity, the global food system and human health. Sadly some species of pollinators, and bees in particular, are seeing a decline in their populations. Here is where home gardeners like you can actually make a difference. By planting pollen and nectar rich flowers, you attract and provide food for these invaluable species. When planting a pollinator friendly garden, it is important to plant a sizeable mass of flowers so they are easily seen. Important to plant a large variety of flowers and also important to have a long succession of blooms to provide nectar throughout the season. Sea Holly and Globe Thistle are two of the most pollinator-friendly plants that you can grow. On a sunny day the everlasting blooms will be abuzz with friendly visitors. Here we've combined two of our favourites, 'Arctic Glow' Globe Thistle with its unusual white flowers and red stems, and 'Blue Star', the bluest of the Sea Holly varieties. Height 24-36". No. 1 size roots.
Sold as: Pkg of 4
|1||Pkg of 4||$ 36.95 / pkg|
|2||Pkg of 4||$ 33.25 / pkg|
|3||Pkg of 4||$ 31.40 / pkg|
|4+||Pkg of 4||$ 29.55 / pkg|
It is very important to plant as soon as possible after you receive them. If it is necessary to store them for a short time before planting them, open the plastic bags. If the roots appear dry, soak them for a few hours in warm water. Store in slightly moist peat moss in a cold, but not freezing location until you can plant. They can also be placed in pots of soil if planting will be delayed for more than 2 weeks. Use any peat-based potting soil and pots with drainage holes.
Soak bare-root perennials in water for a few hours before planting. Unless otherwise specified, bare-root perennials are usually planted with the crown (where the shoots meet the roots) an inch below the soil surface. Firm soil gently to eliminate air pockets and water in well. Mark the area clearly since it may be a while before the plant shows itself.
Planting Globe Thistle:
Choose a full sun, well drained area. Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots without bending them. Work soil around the roots, firm well and water thoroughly. Space 24 to 36 " apart.
Remove globe thistle flowers when they fade to prevent excessive reseeding. Can be divided in early spring by carefully splitting a few offsets of the base of the established clump.
Planting Sea Holly:
Plant in a fast-draining, infertile soil with full sun. Avoid clay soils. Mulch with gravel or not at all. Water regularly the first growing season to establish the plant. Thereafter, infrequent but deep watering is all this plant needs. Deadheading is not needed as it will not extend the bloom season or bring the plants back into flower. Fertilize lightly in the fall with a good quality compost.
Eryngium is a tap rooted plant and does not like to be transplanted once established. Don't divide as tap rooted plants resent having their roots disturbed.Seed heads are ornamental and attract seed-eating songbirds.These are low care perennials that don't like rich soil or a lot of water; this makes the plants leggy and prone to flopping.