Bee Nice Pollinator Blend
Spring Planting: we begin shipping in late April through May beginning with the warmest hardiness zones, so you receive your products at the proper time for planting.
This blend contains 15 roots, including White Coneflower, Butterfly Flower, red Lucifer Crocosmia, Heliopsis and Red Hot Poker Plant.
Pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds play a critical role 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 make a difference. By planting pollen and nectar rich flowers you can 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, and it is also important to have a long succession of blooms to provide nectar throughout the season. Height 18-48". Various root/bulb sizes.
Sold as: Pkg of 15
|1||Pkg of 15||$ 24.95 / pkg|
|2||Pkg of 15||$ 22.45 / pkg|
|3||Pkg of 15||$ 21.20 / pkg|
|4+||Pkg of 15||$ 19.95 / pkg|
Planting Perennial Roots:
It is a good idea to soak any bare-root perennials in water for a few hours, but not more than a day, before planting. Add organic matter to the area and provide good drainage unless the plant variety enjoys wet roots. 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 awhile before the plant shows itself.
Planting Butterfly Flower: Plant 15"-18" apart with the top of the tap root about 1/2" to 1" below soil level and digging deep enough to plant the carrot-like root vertically without coiling or breaking the roots. Mix a couple teaspoons of bone meal into the planting hole if desired. Grows best in full sun, in sandy, well drained, soil. May be difficult to move without damaging the root system if they have been planted for a long time. If necessary transplant only when dormant or propagate by seed.
Planting Coneflower: Echinaceae grow well in full sun to light shade in any well-drained soil and are quite drought tolerant once established. Plant with crowns just under soil surface. Space plants 18"-24" apart. Deadhead the flowers to encourage continued bloom. Dig and divide in spring or fall if they start to die out in the center or outgrow the space.
Planting Crocosmia: Use crocosmia in large groups in the border wherever you need a splash of vivid colour in late summer. Plant the corms outdoors in spring, after danger of frost, in full sun to light shade, spacing them 4-5" apart, and cover with 3-6" of soil. Feed with a 5-10-5 fertilizer when shoots appear and again in midsummer. Apply a heavy winter mulch. Where crocosmia are hardy, dig the clumps up and divide the crowded corms every third spring. North of Zone 5, lift the corms, cut off the stems and store with the soil still clinging to them in a dry potting medium.
Planting Red Hot Poker: Kniphofia is a sun lover that likes it hot and dry, though a good supply of water is appreciated when blooming. It can be grown in any well-drained soil. Plant the crown level with soil line. Cut foliage off at the base of the plant in late fall and remove spent flower spike to encourage more blooms. Poker plants can be divided in the fall for new plants. Do not bury the crown of the plant any deeper than 3 inches. Water new plants thoroughly and cover with a liberal amount of mulch.