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Dormancy Notice: This plant, like many others, enters dormancy or semi-dormancy in the late fall through early spring. *THIS PLANT IS NOT DEAD. It is completely healthy but upon receiving the plant, you may notice it exhibits fewer leaves, discoloration, or complete leaf drop. This is normal and essential to the plant's health. In fact, planting during dormancy promotes root growth, giving your plant a better start for spring, when new foliage will begin to grow.
Astilbe Rheinland produces beautiful bloom clusters that provide lovely summer colors in shady areas of the landscape. The tall, feathery, bright pink blooms rise above the mound of lush green foliage, adding a light, airy quality.
18 to 20 inches
1.5 to 2 feet
Upright, clump forming
June through September
Prefers average to moist soil
Water well until established
Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, mass planting. Attracts pollinators
How to Care for Astilbe Rheinland
Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!
Frequently Asked questions
How do I water Astilbe Rheinland?
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Astilbe Rheinland a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. as mentioned earlier Astilbe does not like to dry out during drought so make sure to provide enough water.
How do I fertilize Astilbe Rheinland?
Feeding your plants is probably the single most forgotten part of growing healthy long lasting plants. We recommend feeding your Astilbe Rheinland 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.
How do I mulch Astilbe Rheinland?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Astilbe Rheinland with either a ground hardwood mulch or a 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. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or base of the plant.
How do I prune Astilbe Rheinland?
Remove the old flowers of Astilbe Rheinland as they become brown and unattractive but this is not necessary as the dried plumes provide added interest in the landscape. They can be cut and brought into the house and used in arrangements. This procedure, called deadheading, encourages the astilbe plant to produce new foliage, keeping your plant looking attractive throughout the season. Prune the central stems of the yarrow if they begin to die back. Cutting astilbes to within 6 inches of the ground after they has finished flowering helps the plant produce a new flush of foliage. Cutting back will promote new growth, giving you a healthier plant with stronger stems.