Flower Specifications Season: Perennial USDA Zones: 4 – 8 Height: 28 inches Bloom Season: Summer Bloom Color: Mix Environment: Partial shade Soil Type: Evenly moist soils are preferred, pH 5.5 – 6.8 Deer Resistant: Yes Planting Directions Temperature: 65 – 70F Average Germ Time: 28 – 35 days Light Required: Yes Depth: Do not cover Sowing Rate: 3 – 5 seeds per plant Moisture: Keep moist until germination Plant Spacing: 28 inches
Astilbe (Astilbe Arendsii Bunter) – If in case you have shady areas that need some color, start some Astilbe seeds and brighten things up! What a lot of colors: violet, red, pink, cream and white in addition to dark green, serrated foliage. It’s a shade lover that makes a nice cut flower for fresh or dried bouquets! Astilbe Arendsii is perfect for the shady bed or border. It’s a midsummer bloomer that goes well with hostas, ferns, and other shade plantings. Astilbe plants do best in moist (not wet) soils. They require rich soil with plenty of compost or humus mixed in. In the north they do best in part shade with more sun than shade and in the south they do best in more shade than sun. They don’t seem to be full shade plants because they’re going to not flower well with out adequate light. Under poor light conditions they’re going to grow into green clumps but flower poorly.
Astilbe flower seed is frequently sown indoors in early spring and transplanted outside when the weather is warmer. Use a loose, soft soil mix, and plant the Astilbe seeds on the surface, pressing them into the soil. Make certain that the soil drains well and is in a position to keep the flower seeds moist, but not wet, all the time. For the best results, add in a little fertilizer that has a high concentration of nitrogen. Keep the Astilbe plants inside until the seedlings reach about 2 inches in height. Transplant after last frost.