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Astilbe, Fanal

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Short Description

Deep red blooms on dwarf plants.

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Fanal is the perfect choice for the deepest red astilbe blooms. Adding to the dramatic effect are the glossy, bronze foliage that appears luxuriantly in spring. This dwarf variety is a great edging plant and can add luster along ponds and to shady rock gardens. Easy to grow in moist, humusy, well-drained soil.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

3-8

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Shade

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

12-18 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12-18 inches

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Cold, Deer

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders, Container, Decorative

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How to Plant

Planting in the Garden:

  • Choose a location in full shade or part shade, with moist, well-drained organic soil. Astilbe can tolerate sun, but only if the soil is moist.
  • 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.
  • Dig a hole deep and wide enough to accommodate the bare root.
  • Set the plant such that the crown is at or just slightly below the ground level
  • Cover the roots with soil and tamp down firmly to get rid of air pockets. Fill the soil to just below the crown, where the top growth and leaves will emerge. Make sure all the roots under the crown are in good contact with the soil.
  • Water well to fully saturate the roots and soil.
  • Wait until new growth starts to appear before applying a layer of mulch.

Planting Potted Plants:

  • Choose a location in full shade or part shade, with moist, well-drained organic soil. Astilbe can tolerate sun, but only if the soil is moist.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove and discard foliage after a hard frost in fall.
  • Divide in early spring every 4 or 5 years if plants become overcrowded.

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.
  • Flowers are great for cutting for fresh or dried arrangements. Foliage is also attractive in arrangements.
  • Astilbe naturalizes well in woodlands.
Zone
3-8
Sun
Full Shade
Height
12-18 inches
Spread
12-18 inches
Resistant To
Cold, Deer
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container, Decorative
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Genus
Astilbe
Life Cycle
Perennial