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Achillea, Summer Wine

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Intense red achillea for big splashes of vibrant color!

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Remarkable red yarrow shines bright in the garden and as a cut flower too. The large flower heads open bright pink and turn cherry red as they mature. Remove spent flowers for a late summer rebloom.
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Zone

3-8

Sun

Full Sun

Height

24 inches

Spread

18-24 inches

Bloom Season

Spring

Resistant To

Deer, Drought

Ornamental Use

Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers

Planting Time

Fall, Spring

Genus

Achillea

Life Cycle

Perennial

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  • How to Sow and Plant

    Achillea may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden in summer, or grown from potted plants.

    Sowing Seed Indoors:

    • Sow seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last spring frost date using a seed starting kit
    • Press seeds into the soil but do not cover. Achillea seeds need light to germinate
    • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees F
    • Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days
    • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
    • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
    • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
    • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning.  This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

    Sowing Directly in the Garden:

    • Sow in full sun after danger of frost or in late summer 12 weeks before the ground freezes.
    • Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
    • Sow seeds evenly and barely cover with fine soil.
    • Keep evenly moist.
    • Seedlings will emerge in 14-21 days.
    • Thin to at least 16 inches apart when seedlings have three sets of leaves.

    Planting Potted Plants in the Garden:

    • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil.
    • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
    • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
    • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
    • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
    • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
    • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
    • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
    • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

    How to Grow

    • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
    • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
    • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry.  One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
    • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary.  Good air movement is also important.
    • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Garden-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
    • “Deadhead”, remove spent flower heads to encourage continuous flowering and prevent seed development.
    • Remove and discard foliage after a hard frost in fall.
    • The stems are often strong enough to be self-supporting, but taller cultivars may need to be staked.
    • Achillea plants are vigorous growers and benefit from being divided every 2-3 years in spring or fall.
    • The plants are drought resistant, and once established in the garden, they are generally trouble-free.

    Growing Tips

    • Many gardeners do not cut back perennial flower seed heads in the fall, but wait until early spring before the new foliage appears. This provides food for wildlife over the winter.
    • For flower arranging, cut when blooms are 2/3 open. Achillea is also ideal for dried flowers.
    • Achillea is popular for formal borders and informal cottage gardens. Shorter cultivars are suitable for patio containers. Taller cultivars look at home in wildflower meadows.
  • Zone
    3-8
    Sun
    Full Sun
    Height
    24 inches
    Spread
    18-24 inches
    Bloom Season
    Spring
    Resistant To
    Deer, Drought
    Ornamental Use
    Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers
    Planting Time
    Fall, Spring
    Genus
    Achillea
    Life Cycle
    Perennial