Astilbe flowers in their own gardens
Astilbes are perennials that bloom during their flowering period of June produce splendid white, red or purple inflorescences until September.
Care requirements of Astilbe
Astilbe should be regularly cast. Ideal are permanently moist and moderately humus rich soils. Dryness tolerate the plants only very bad and waterlogging is absolutely to be avoided. In order to counteract soil dryness, it makes sense to subdue peat and compost already at the planting stage. A layer of compost in the fall on the root area can keep moisture in the soil longer. In April, you can give a long-term fertilizer.
Propagation of the Attractive Plant
Astilbe, also known as a superbard, can be easily propagated by division. This is advisable every three to four years anyway. The best time for this is towards the end of winter, during the resting phase of the plants. To do this, carefully dig out the plants in question and divide them. In order to avoid rot, it is best to disinfect damaged root parts with charcoal powder before planting.
The ideal location for the superbards
The shade shrubs, which grow between 30 and 120 centimeters in height, prefer semi-shady locations. They tolerate shady areas for a short time, but with permanent deep shadows, astilbes can not cope. In moist soil, they can also tolerate the sun well. Ongoing great heat does not get them so well. The plants feel most comfortable in a swamp bed or pond.
Astilbe hibernate properly
Astilbe is completely hardy. In particularly cold situations, a winter protection, for example from brushwood, is still recommended. A cover with mulch or leaves is not useful because the plants could rot underneath. Astilbe in the bucket can be kept outdoors or protected from frost in the house with appropriate protection.
Susceptibility to diseases and pests
Astilbes are relatively insensitive to disease or pest infestation at the right location and with optimal care. Occasionally it can come to aphid infestation. This can be easily eliminated with nettle or Niemprodukten from the trade. Niemprodukte are biological, made from the neem tree extracts that can be used against various pests. In case of increased infestation, commercially approved plant protection products may be used.