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How to Grow Achillea


Achillea, also called Yarrow, is a hardy perennial. This plant is alive and thriving, long after your annuals have succumbed to the first frost. These hardy plants bloom after many other perennials have gone dormant for the winter. Late in the fall season it is still growing, with flowers looking so lovely amidst the falling leaves and occasional snowflake.

Achillea plants are native to Asia and Europe. Many people consider Achilleas to be a common wildflower. But, they also are found in many home gardens. Colors include bright, yellow (most popular), red, and white.

Small flowers are grown on strong stems. They are popular as cut flowers for vases and bouquets.

Butterfly lovers take note..... Butterflies are attracted to Achillea.

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Plant Propagation:

There are two ways to start Achillea plants. The first is by seed. Directly sow seeds into your flower garden. Sow Achillea seeds after the soil has begun to warm in the spring. Cover the seeds lightly with soil. Water lightly after planting.

The second way to start Achillea in your flowerbed, is to separate a group of plants that have been growing for a couple of years. Dig them up with plenty of roots, and transplant small clumps into their new home. Water well after transplanting.

How to Grow achillea:

Achillea are very easy to grow. They prefer full sun and a well drained soil. They will do well in average soils and tolerate dry soil conditions.

Space seeds or plant seedlings 12-18" apart.

Water plants during extended dry periods, once or twice per week.

Add a general purpose fertilizer once or twice a season.

In rich soil, Achillea will grow 1-3 feet tall, and may require staking.

Spring planted Achillea blooms in the first year. Once flowers begin, they will continue to do so until frost. As hardy perennials will continue growing after light frosts. After a hard freeze, the plants go dormant for the winter.

Cutting back plants in mid-summer after the first bloom will encourage more blooms, and helps to maintain an attractive appearance.

Once your plants have been established, they can be propagated by separation in the fall.

Insect and Disease:

Achillea are seldom bothered by insects or disease. If problems occur, treat early with insecticides or fungicide, as appropriate.

More Information:

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