How to Plant Astilbe Seeds
Astilbe flowers are beautiful perennials that come in shades of white, red, pink and lavender. Astilbe flowers make a great addition to any colorful flower garden or landscape. Astilbe flowers are very easy to plant from seed, and don't require a lot of care and maintenance in order for them to grow tall, proud and produce many beautiful flowers. So, here is a convenient step-by-step guide on how to grow beautiful astilbe flowers from seed.
Step 1 - Purchase Astilbe Seeds
Visit your favorite nursery and purchase the appropriate astilbe seeds for the variety you want to grow.
Step 2 - Prepared the Astilbe Seeds
Before your plant the seeds, you should show the soak them in water for about 24 hours.
Step 3 - Preparing the Potting Soil
Astilbe seeds are usually sowed inside the home in early spring and transplanted outside when the weather is warmer. Usea loose, soft soil mixed with considerable portions of humans or peat moss. Make sure that the soil drains well and is able to keep the seeds moist, but not wet, at all times. For the best results, add in a little fertilizer that has a high concentration of nitrogen and add quality commercial seeding soil nutrient solution.
Step 4 -Planting the Astilbe Seeds
Plant your astilbe seeds at a depth of about one quarter of an inch below the surface of the soil. Keep the astilbe plants inside until the seedlings reach about 2 inches in height.
Step 5 - Choose an Outdoor Location
Choose a shady area of your yard to transfer the astilbe seedlings to. Astilbe doesn't do very well in direct sunlight, and should be always planted in relatively shady areas.
Step 6 - Prepare the Soil
Prepare the soil by turning in some good quality fertilizer with a high concentration of nitrogen as well as cow manure or a super phosphate. Make sure the soil drains well; if it doesn't, consider adding sand and gravel to improve the drainage.
Step 7 - Plant the Seedlings
Plant the astilbe seedlings no more than a couple of inches below the surface of the soil. Make sure to space the seedlings about 16 inches to 30 inches apart to ensure adequate root system growth and to avoid overcrowding.
Step 8 - Add Mulch
Spread quality organic mulch around the seedlings leaving about an inch or two around the seedling itself free. Quality organic mulch will help retain moisture in the soil and also act as a fertilizer as it decomposes.
Step 9 - Add Fertilizer
Apply an good all-purpose fertilizer that has a high concentration of nitrogen.
Step 10 - First Watering
Water the astilbe seedlings thoroughly, but make sure to not add so much water that the ground cannot probably absorb it.
Step 11 - Continue Fertilizing
Continue fertilizing your astilbe plants about once a month to ensure vigorous growth and more beautiful blooms and flowers.