All about Astilbe Chinensis
Astilbe chinensis are interesting flowers that originated in China. They have long stems with small purple pine shaped leaves that cover the entire stem area and they resemble a long furry flower. There are many of these longer flowery stems that form together in clusters. This flower is in the saxifrage family and is an herbaceous perennial plant. These plants can reach up to one foot and the flowers are pink to purple in color.
You can find astilbe chinensis is heavily wooded and shaded areas and they love moisture and water. This makes them ideal for growing near a pond or river. Although they are a beautiful ground cover, they can also be used as edging or a boarder for a garden area. Their foliage is a silvery green color and the flowers bloom in early to late spring.
Astilbe chinensi plants are a nice addition to any yard or garden. Although they are easy to grow and maintain, there are a few simple rules to follow when planting these flowers.
If you are starting this plant from a seed you can place them in a small container filled with soil. Make sure not to bury the seedling too far into the dirt. Instead, just dust the seedling with soil until it is no longer visible. Set the starter plants in an area that gets a bit of sunshine everyday. But it is not necessary to keep them in sunlight all day long. These plants like shade and may become shriveled or even die from too much direct light.
When the plant reaches around four inches tall, you can set them outside for a few hours a day to get them used to being outdoors. Make sure to place them in an area that has a sun and shade mix.
After the plants are used to being outdoors, you can then plant them in your yard. The placement of these plants is very important. Since they do not do well in direct sunlight, they must be placed in an area that receives shade also. Since the astilbe chinensi grows wild in heavily wooded areas, you might want to place them under a tree or house awning so that they can be protected from the sun.
Plant these flowers a half a foot apart. This is more than enough room for them to thrive and be healthy. If you are using these plants as a ground cover, you can space them a bit closer. But if you are using them as a border flower, keep them a full half of foot apart. The foliage will bush out to fill in the bare spots but they will not over lap. This will give the plants a neater appearance.
When it comes to watering, you cannot over water these flowers. In the wild you will find these plants setting next to streams and rivers. This is because they crave wetted, damp soil. You also will not have to worry about using any raised gardening methods. Even if the water pools up and puddles under the plants, it will not hurt them. This is an excellent beginner plant for novice gardeners, mainly because of the watering factor. Other then the constant need for water, there isn’t a lot to do when maintaining these plants.
Since these flowers are perennials they will come back every year. You may have to prune or keep the plants trimmed for a neat appearance. You can cut back the flower stalks every spring. If any part of the plant appears brown or withered, you can also remove it. This keeps the plants healthy, so that can be enjoyed every year.