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Astilbe – Astilbe arendsii, a hardy, herbaceous perennial flower plant




Astilbe is a hardy, herbaceous perennial flower plant. It is a genus of 18 species. They can grow up to a height of 1½’ – 4’. These plants are native to Asia and North America.Some of them is known as False Goat’s Beard, Meadowsweet and False Spirea. The flowers are dense and feathery. The flowers bloom Late Spring/Summer. The plants can grow in full shade and tolerate clay soils. They grow in zones USDA 4-8. The flowers are long blooming and are plume-like. They come in shades of white, cream, pink, lavender, violet, purple, red and scarlet blossoms. They come in the shades of white, pink and red. They have airy, fern-likes foliage and deeply lobed. Flowers cluster on tall stalks above the airy foliage. The leaves are green, oval land compound with leaflets with serrated edges. Flower heads will dry on the plant and remain attractive for many months.
Astilbe plants are used around entryways, foundations, flowerbeds, borders along streams and around pond edges.

Growing Conditions for Astilbe

• Prefer partial shade
• It can handle full sun, if given plenty of water.
• Responds well to a rich soil.
• Take the pot and fill it about halfway full with good potting soil or compost.
• Take the root and cover about three inches deep so about halfway down the pot
• Cover the astilbe root with about three inches of soil.
• keep your astilbe in a shaded location
• It does not like full sun at all and it will come up and bloom in the summertime and then die back in the fall.
• They’re very hearty and they’ll come back for many, many years.
• Plant astilbe plants in partial to full shade sites.
• This plant needs protection from afternoon sun and heat.
• It also needs a site with moist, rich soil that drains well.
• Space your astilbe plants 12 to 24 inches apart to give the flowers room to spread.

Caring for Astilbe

• Astilbes are trouble free, bothered by few diseases or insects.
• Cut back in the spring or when stalks dry out.
• Divide every 4-5 years as they run out of space.
• Keep the soil around astilbe plants moist, so that leaves do not wilt.
• To avoid the soil around the base starts to dry out, water.
• Great long-lasting color for the shade border.
• No staking or deadheading is necessary.
• To avoid pest infestation and plant disease remove plant debris from around the astilbe before new growth begins.
• Astilbe plants need 5-10-5 fertilizer in the spring.
• Fertilize in July to encourage foliage and blossom growth.
• Mulch the astilbe plants in the fall after the first hard frost and when the ground freezes.
• Spread 4 to 6 inches of wood chips, sawdust or straw mulch around the base of the plants to protect the roots from winter damage.
• Mulch helps the soil stay at a constant temperature and protects the soil from drying out due to winter winds.
• Plant division is done in the fall just as the plants go dormant or in the spring right as new growth begins.
• They can suffer from powdery mildew hence removal of the infected leaves is a must.
• Fusarium wilt is caused by soil holding water too long, which requires that you improve the soil drainage.
• Spider mites may infest the astilbe plants.
• Spray the plants with insecticidal soap if spider mites form colonies.





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