The perennial Astilbe Chinensis featuring showy flowers atop glossy, fern-like foliage is a great ground cover for moist, shaded areas and is tolerant to heat and temporary drought more than other Astilbe plants.
Create beautiful garden scenes with Astilbe and combine them with your favorite flowers in partial shade where other flowers won’t thrive.
Astilbe love light to moderate shade, they will burn in full sun.
Astilbe prefers moist soil, but the soil must drain well. Amend soil, especially clay types, with peat moss, perlite, and coarse sand to improve drainage. Dry soil can be fatal to your plants. However, Astilbe does tolerate dryness better than others.
USDA Zones: 3 - 8
Height: 10 inches (25cm)
Bloom Season: Summer
Environment: Partial shade
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 5.8 - 6.8
Deer Resistant: Yes
Temperature: 65 - 70F
Average Germ Time: 28 - 35 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Do not cover
Moisture: Keep moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 12 inches (30cm)
- ✅ Sow seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the average last frost in your area.
- ✅ Use a soft, loose soil mix.
- ✅ Sprinkle seeds on the top of the soil and press them lightly.
- ✅ Keep the soil moist, but not wet. Make sure that the soil drains well.
- ✅ The most effective way to prevent seed from washing away is to use a spray watering bottle.
- ✅ A little fertilizer that has a high concentration of nitrogen it will help the germination.
- ✅ Transplant seedlings outdors when reach about 2 inches in height and the soil is warm.
CARE- Water Astilbe regularly, check them to make sure they are moist.
- Astilbes spread quickly and form broad clumps. Divide the overgrown clumps every 3 to 4 years in the spring. At your choice, replant the divisions immediately or put them in pots to be planted out in the early summer when they are re-established.
- Removing the flower heads will not promote flowering.
- After blooming has finished for the season, clip off any spent flower stems and astilbes will continue to provide attractive foliage until fall.
- Feel free to trim yellow leaves and fresh growth will come next spring.
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