Red Wing Creeping Phlox
Spring Planting: this product will be shipped late April through May according to your hardiness zone.
Phlox subulata. Bright crimson-pink flowers with a contrasting red center that butterflies can't resist. Tidy and compact with long-lasting flowers. Superb at the perennial border's front edge, on slopes and in rock gardens. Height 4-6". No. 1 root.
Sold as: Pkg of 1
|1||Pkg of 1||$ 16.95 / pkg|
|2||Pkg of 1||$ 15.50 / pkg|
|3||Pkg of 1||$ 14.65 / pkg|
|4+||Pkg of 1||$ 13.80 / 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.
Select a location in full sun with a well amended soil that is evenly moist. Make sure there is good air circulation. Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible. The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods. Dig a hole deep and wide enough to accommodate the bare root. Set the plant such that the crown is at or just slightly below the ground level. Allow roots to fan out from the crown at around a 45 degree angle. Roots should spread out separately, like stretched fingers, from the crown, and not bunch up. It may be helpful to build a cone-shaped mound of soil in the bottom of the hole and spread the roots around it. It is important to set the roots such that the crown is roughly level with the ground. Cover the roots with soil and tamp down firmly to get rid of air pockets. Fill the soil to just below the crown, where the top growth and leaves will emerge. Make sure all the roots under the crown are in good contact with the soil. Water well to fully saturate the roots and soil. Wait until new growth starts to appear before applying a layer of mulch. Space the roots 1-2 feet apart.
Once established, creeping phlox is a drought-tolerant plant that requires supplemental water only during warm, dry weather. A yearly pruning with a weed trimmer or garden clippers keeps phlox looking neat and healthy year after year. Prune after the blooms fade in late spring.