Mixed Astilbe (Pkg of 3)
This item is available for purchase in mid January through May while supplies last. Shipping of this product begins in mid-April according to hardiness zone.
Astilbe. The ideal perennial for dry, shaded areas. Astilbes are hardy, long-lived and easy to grow. A mix of ivory, red, pink and mauve colors. Height 24-36". 2-3 eye roots. Pkg of 3.
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. Perennials that come to you in pots should be watered well before planting also. Loosen and tight roots and plant at the same depth as the plant was in the pot. If the leaves are green and growing, you should protect them from frosts with mulch, reemay or any blanket. If white or pale yellow shoots have started to develop, protect them from wind and harsh sun until they green up. You can use any of the methods for protection as mentioned. Pay particular attention to watering any new plants during the first season. Once established plants generally have some drought tolerance and will only need to be watered if the season is hot and dry.
Astilbes require moist, organic, slightly acid soil and partial shade although they will tolerate more sun if there is ample moisture. Astilbes require moist, organic, slightly acid soil and partial shade although they will tolerate more sun if there is ample moisture. Mulch in summer and incorporate organic matter into the soil.
Mulch in summer and incorporate organic matter into the soil. Cover the crown, including emerging shoots, with about 1/2" of soil and space at least 1' apart. Dig and divide every 3-4 years in early spring or fall. The varieties we offer will flower in late spring to early summer. Zones 4-8. Zone 3 with protection.