Astilbe Fanal produces vibrant pink flowers in June and July! It looks beautiful, displaying its pink flowers in the shade garden. Especially showy when planted in large groups surrounded by smaller, white-flowering plants. The darkest red and latest blooming of all astilbe flowers.
Astilbe Fanal or False Spirea provides beautiful summer color in shaded areas when little else is blooming. Astilbe Fanal thrives in dappled or full-shade gardens. Gorgeous in mass plantings but will not tolerate long periods of drought. The Bronze-green fern-like leaves stay nice through the growing season and highlight the red flowers.
Combine this red astilbe with Golden Japanese forest grass in the shade garden for an unbelievable effect. Cut the flowers for bouquets and arrangements for long-lasting color.
1 to 2 feet
1.5 to 2 feet
Full Sun to Shade
Upright, clump forming
June through September
Gray-Green filigreed foliage
Prefers moist but well-drained soil
Water well until established
Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, or mass planting. Attracts pollinators
How to Care for Astilbe Fanal
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 Fanal?
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Astilbe Fanal 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 Fanal?
Feeding your plants is probably the single most forgotten part of growing healthy long lasting plants. We recommend feeding your Astilbe Fanal 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 Fanal?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Astilbe Fanal 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 mulch Astilbe Fanal?
Remove the old flowers of Astilbe Fanal 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.