How to grow windflower, japanese anemone, Pasque

March 17, 2013 – 07:22 am

September charm, Anemone, picture

Guide to Growing Japanese Anemone and Windflower

The common names for the hardy bulb or perennial Anemone include Japanese anemone, September charm, Pasque flower, snowdrop windflower, and windflower.

They typically flower from early spring through to the late autumn; this is dependent upon the species as Anemone is a very diverse gender.

Description of Anemone

Anemone is a very diverse group of plants and different species can grow from 15cm to 120 cm in height. As a consequence of this diversity Anemone flowers may be nearly any colour, the exception being yellow. They are often planted in groups in borders.

G.A. Cooper @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database. Smithsonian Institution, Department of Systematic Biology-Botany.

How to Grow Windflower and Japanese Anemone species

Anemone pictureIt is best to sow windflowers and their relatives such as september charm Anemone in moistened soil within a plastic bag, and then imbibe the seeds for three weeks at 4 degrees Celsius in a fridge.

Next plant the containers in a shady location under glass. Once a seedling has sprouted it should be transplanted to the desired position with a spacing of 15 to 20 cm for small species and of 30 to 40 cm for larger species. If planting corm, they should be planted at a depth of 10 to 12 cm in the middle of autumn. Anemone prefers to be grown partly shaded area but is able to withstand full sunlight. The soil should not be poor, it should be fertilised with either humus or rotten manure with a pH level in the range of 6 to 7.5.

Anemone requires between two and twenty five weeks to germinate depending on the species and the time of planting. If starting seedlings off indoors it is best to plant them out in either the early spring or late autumn.

Caring for Anemone in the garden

Anemone require to be watered regularly, and should be mulched in the summer to maintain cool soil temperatures. In harsh area it may be necessary to bring in the plants during the winter before putting out again in the spring.


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I learn the hard way, unfortunately

I don't just go to class, I test and learn in the field. Because I though I knew better, I figured I could bend the rules.
In fall four years ago I sheet-mulched over a bed full of Agapanthus and Japanese Anemones. I spread a 5 inch layer of compost (two strikes) over newspaper. We'd spread compost (in a one to two inch layer) over a client's soil for years as a sort-of "mulch." What could go wrong?
Although I carefully covered the soil, the Anemone had already reached the bed's perimeter and enmeshed itself amongst the Box edging. I cut down and dug out as much of the Agapanthus as I could before I sheeted

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