Bee Strong 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 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.This blend contains 20 roots, including Purple Liatris, Pink Phlox, Royal Pink Veronica and Purple Coneflower. Height 18-36". No. 1 size roots.
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Sold as: Pkg of 20
|1||Pkg of 20||$ 51.95 / pkg|
|2||Pkg of 20||$ 46.75 / pkg|
|3||Pkg of 20||$ 44.15 / pkg|
|4+||Pkg of 20||$ 41.55 / 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 Liatris: Plant the corms 1" deep and 6"-8" apart. Plant liatris in full sun and in very well-drained soil. It will tolerate even poor soil and summer droughts.
Planting Phlox: Plant 12"-15" apart with growing tips 1" below soil surface. Plant in full sun and organically enriched soil and benefit greatly from monthly fertilizing. They will form sizable clumps which can be divided every 3 years.Cut off spent flowers to extend the bloom time. Water during dry periods. Taller varieties may need staking. To prevent powdery mildew, provide good air circulation, keep plants healthy, and use wettable sulfur at the first sign of infection.
Planting Veronica: Space 12-18" apart. With soil covering roots up to crown (where roots meet the base of the stem). Do not plant in rich soil or plant will become weak and sprawl. Grow in average, moist, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Veronica is shallow rooted and therefore will not be particularly drought tolerant. Remember to water during dry spells. Divide every 3-4 years in spring or fall. Grows 12-24" tall.
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.