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Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' Goldenrod for Sale Online
Fireworks Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa) is a flowering perennial that has been adorning border gardens since 1993. This cultivar is resistant to mildew and rust, as well as hardy in zones 4 through 9. Deer do not usually eat this plant, and the Solidago has minimal pest issues.
In the spring, the spreading rhizomes of Solidago Fireworks emerge, producing a clumping mound of dark green foliage. This plant remains mainly monochromatic throughout the spring and summer, and just when you think the growing season is over, POW! Golden flowers burst from the ends of the green rigid foliage creating mesmerizing fall interest. We're not the only ones fascinated by the vibrant blossoms of the Solidago rugosa. Pollinators such as bees and butterflies are also attracted to the flowers.
With well-drained soil and full to partial sun, this hardy perennial can grow up to 4 feet tall. Even in clay soil, Solidago fireworks can adapt and thrive. The yellow flowers are beautiful as cuttings in a bouquet or centerpiece.
|Mature Height:||3 to 4 Feet|
|Mature Width:||3 to 4 Feet|
|Sunlight:||Full sun to partial shade|
|Flower Color:||Yellow flower spikes|
|Bloom Period:||September to October|
|Soil Condition:||Any well drained soil|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established|
How to Care for Solidago Fireworks
Before you buy a Solidago rugosa perennial, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.
How do you plant Solidago Fireworks?
As with any plant, dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not any deeper. When you buy a Solidago rugosa with Garden Goods Direct, it will be delivered in a container. Use the container it was delivered in as a guide for how measure the depth. If the perennial sits too deep in the soil, it runs the risk of drowning and developing root rot. Loosen the bottom of the root ball with your hands and place in the hole. Backfill with a mix of the original soil and compost or topsoil. As you are filling, allow the hose to drip in and as you mix the soil and water, a slurry will form that will encourage the roots to settle.
How often do you water a Solidago rugosa Fireworks?
Although the Fireworks Goldenrod is slightly drought tolerant once established, it thrives in regularly moist soil. While establishing, the rough goldenrod should be watered frequently to keep the soil moist. Once the root system has developed, frequency can reduce, only watering the plant once a week. It is best to water at the base of the plant, rather than a shower from above.
How should I prune Solidago rugosa Goldenrod?
In optimal conditions, solidagos are known to be aggressive spreaders, so it is important to keep an eye on them and cut them back when necessary. Since this plant has fall blooming flowers and stiff foliage, it has extended interest into the winter and should be left alone until spring. In June, cut them back half way to influence fall blooming and reduce the need for staking the taller leaves. Compared to other solidago varieties, the rugosa is especially tall and needs to be maintained.
How should I fertilize yellow Solidago Goldenrod?
Since this plant can flourish in almost any soil condition, fertilization is not necessary. If you think your plant needs a boost, a well-balanced, organic compost can be applied in the spring to give it some nutrients. Be careful, because fertilizing with chemical mixes can cause over fertilization which can be detrimental.