how deep to plant bare root astilbe????

greekisme(Z4NY)May 24, 2005

This is the first year I have purchased bare root plants in those eye-catching boxes at Sam's Club. I had great success with my peonies - all of them came up and are thriving!!! The hostas, menz-a-menz. Only about 1/5 of the plants have come.

My question is this.... I also purchased bare root "Amethyst" Astilbe. They came with plently of root and each of them had a small whitish "stem-like" looking thing coming out the other end. Sooooo, I assumed that I should plant the roots under ground and leave the white sprig of the plant sticking up out of the dirt. Now that I think about it??? Did I make a mistake? Should I have planted the entire thing deeper?

I can't really tell if they are growing or not. It has been very cloudy and rainy - not much sunshine.

Any insight you have would be appreciated. Thanks, Athena

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lblack61(z5 NY)

I have about four or five that I planted last year that I just dug a hole deep enough for the root ball to fit. An inch of soil covering it should be plenty enough.
I gotta tell you, these things REALLY LOVE the shade! I wound up moving them all to complete shade last year because the ones I already had in the shade were out performing the ones in part sun. They create nice foliage and the one that was in complete shade is already about 14 inches wide and 10 inches tall (without the flowers on it yet).

    Bookmark   May 24, 2005 at 12:16PM
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adina72(z5 CNY)

I think you did fine....I too planted 5 new bareroot ones this year in addition to the 2 I planted last year...I am hooked on them. And I agree, the blooms seem to be softer, larger and last longer when they are in mostly shade. Most of mine get more sun they I'd like, but I am working on that...planted a redbud and dogwood to create more shade for them.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2005 at 3:34PM
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