Astilbe is a popular garden plant, due to its lovely white, pink and purple flowers. It’s an easy-to-grow perennial that’s ideal for shade gardens and containers. Propagating astilbe from seed or cuttings is a simple process that can be done at home with some basic gardening supplies. In this blog post, we’ll examine how to propagate astilbe in detail so you can start enjoying these beautiful plants in your own garden!
Propagating Astilbe from Seeds
The best time to sow astilbes seeds is during late winter or early spring. Start by preparing the soil where the seeds will be sown – it should have good drainage and plenty of organic matter. When ready, scatter the seeds over the prepared area about 1/4 inch deep and lightly cover them with soil or mulch. Keep the soil moist but not too wet until germination occurs (this usually takes anywhere from 7 – 14 days). Once sprouts appear, thin them out so there are only 2 – 3 plants per square foot of space. Water regularly throughout summer months to ensure healthy growth throughout their first year of life before they begin flowering in late summer/early autumn.
Propagating Astilbe from Cuttings
Another way to propagate astilbes is through taking cuttings off an established plant – this method works best during springtime when new growth appears on existing stems as it gives you fresh material for cutting propagation purposes. Using sharp scissors or secateurs take 6” long stem tip cuttings around 0.5″ below a leaf node (the point where leaves emerge). Dip each end of each cutting into hormone rooting powder then insert each cutting into individual pots filled with potting mix; make sure you give enough room between them for air circulation and water drainage reasons – also keep away direct sunlight as much as possible as this might cause burning on tender shoots very quickly as well! Water thoroughly afterwards then wait until roots become visible (6-8 weeks later) before transplanting into desired location either indoors or outdoors depending upon climate type etcetera…
Whether propagated from seed or cuttings, growing astilbes at home isn’t difficult if given proper care and attention during different stages of development such as watering regularly after germination stage till maturity etc., providing right amount light/shade conditions while keeping pests away using natural methods like neem oil spraying etcetera… With all being said now go ahead enjoy beautiful display of colors once they start blooming!