How To Grow Achillea
Giant flower heads boasting plentiful blooms and a range of colors in the garden are just the beginning of the wonder that is the magnificent Achillea plant. These full sun perennials are loved for their bright hues, easy to grow nature and drought tolerance.
Nicknamed the 'Common Yarrow Plant,,' Achillea produce best results when planted in early spring and push out blooms in late spring through the summer. Beyond their low maintenance nature, growing Yarrow is a great way to support your local pollinator populations! Butterflies and Bees love the bright and fragrant blooms of the Achillea plant.
There are so many types of Yarrow that range in color from bright yellow flowers to deep crimson red hues. Aside from their use in the garden, Achillea also make for a beautiful and unique addition to cut flower arrangements!
Achillea plants grow best in conditions of full sun. Ideally, your sun-loving garden plant will recieve a minimum of 6 to 8 ours of sunlight each day.
Achillea are extremely tolerant to drought! It is important that upon planting your new yarrow plant, that you water thoroughly for the first few weeks until your plant has become established in its new surroundings. Beyond this, your Yarrow plant should be able to sustain its well being with the natural cycle of precipitation!
Yarrow plants prefer a loamy well drained soil. The hardy plants can also tolerate a dry soil medium like clay!
Feeding your plants is probably the single most forgotten part of growing healthy long lasting plants. We recommend feeding your Achillea Paprika in the very early spring and again in mid summer after all new growth has hardened off and it begins to set flower buds. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is the best product to use at the time of planting.
Our ideal fertilizer schedule for you to use is as follows. Apply an early spring fertilizer with a product such as Espoma Plant-tone at the recommended rate this will give the plant a boost of nitrogen potash that will be needed for healthy foliage and stem growth. Follow this up with another early summer application of Espoma Flower-Tone, this will again provide the necessary nutrients to promote a flush of beautiful flowers.
Espoma products are easy to use, just sprinkle around the base of the plant and water it in. Be careful with products such as miracle-grow as these products can burn newly planted plants when not used at the recommended rates. Slow-release fertilizer can help prevent rapid soft growth that is vulnerable to diseases and insects.
Commo Yarrow plants thrive in warm temperatures. Anywhere from 65 degrees Farenheit to 80 degrees is best for these yard plants.
Achillea plants are toxic to cats and dogs if consumed
We highly recommend that you mulch your Achillea Paprika with either ground hardwood mulch or ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown.
Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It's better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or base of the plant.
- Unbox the Achillea plant and remove the packing. Water the plant and place it in a partially shaded location to acclimate to its new environment for a day or two.
- Select a location for your new plant(s) based on the light and soil requirements of the plant. Be sure to space out plants properly allowing room for growth.
- Dig your planting hole. It is important that the hole is deep and wide enough to encompass the plant's full root system.
- Place the top of the root ball level with the surface of the hole. If the Achillea is bareroot, the top layer of roots should be a few inches below the surface.
- Water your Achillea plant thoroughly.
- Backfill the rootball being careful not to leave any voids or air pockets. Mulch the plants with a thin layer of mulch or gravel to protect the root ball from the elements.