Astilbe Hardy; Japan

Naturally flowers in the garden much later in the year, but many of these plants, with their handsome plumed flowers, in shades of white and pink, are forced into flower by the nurseryman to be sold at Easter. Their principal need is water – lots and lots of it -as any drying out of the mixture will surely result in the shrivelling of foliage and general deterioration of the plant. If plants are in smallish pots when purchased it will be wise to transfer them to slightly larger containers using a loam-based mixture. Having finished flowering indoors, it is advisable to find a moist and shaded spot in the garden and to plant them there permanently. New plants are produced by dividing the old clumps and planting them up in smaller sections.

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