Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,713
We have just bought a half price, end of season Astrantia from the GC, where is the best place to plant it? I am assuming that I need to prune it down, get rid of the flower stems and dying leaves. What type of soil and outlook does it favour and I am assuming it will die down completely and return next year, when do they flower and is there anything I should look out for i.e. slugs, rot etc. I believe they attract bees, so I am looking forward to seeing that next year.
They are slug proof and can be used as barrier planting to protect other plants which are slug prone... I do not get slugs or snails anywhere around my Astrantias..
If cut down after the first flush they will rebloom... mine are on the 2nd flush now...
I would just plant that out as it is, but you can chop it and see if you get new growth with fresh flowers.. in your area you may well do so...
Just an idea .... but you could use the seeds from that spent flower (they look ripe) and create some "freebies".
Video here of Monty sowing some.
A single bee creates just one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
got them growing in sun and shade. Both do equally well, if you plant it out now, cut it all down it will make some nice new fresh green. May get some more flowers, mine are on their second time round now.
In the sticks near Peterborough
(Grown from seed I hasten to add!)