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Planting Instructions for Aruncus (goat's beard):

Bloom Time:  Summer Light:  Light sun to full shade
Soil:  Deep, rich, moist but well-drained, woodland type soil Moisture:  Average - not too dry, not too wet
Planting Depth:  top of crown growth points about 1/2" below soil level Spacing:  12 to 15" for the dwarf plants, 36 to 48" for the larger plants

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Aruncus prefers to be slightly dry when dormant, so if condensation has formed on the inside of the bag you should open it and let it air out. Plant everything within a few days.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Aruncus in light sun to full shade in deep, humus-rich, moist but well-draining soil. They don't mind being in some sun but avoid extremely hot areas. Add compost or peat humus to enrich and loosen the soil. Aruncus like to have lots of oxygen at their root zones so keep the soil light and airy and don't pack it in after planting.

Moisture:  Aruncus like even moisture throughout the season. They don't like to be too wet but also shouldn't dry out too much, however it is better to let the soil surface dry slightly between watering.

Spacing:  12 to 15" for the dwarf plants, 36 to 48" for the larger plants

Depth:  Plant your Aruncus with the uppermost new bud tips about 1/2" below soil level. Since the new buds sprout at varying depths, some may be planted more or less than others which is just fine so long as no parts of the crown are exposed after planting. If the buds have elongated but not opened they should also be below the soil. Mulch lightly after planting.

General Instructions:  Enrich your garden with generous amounts of compost or peat humus and mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into each planting hole. The larger goat's beard really like deep, rich soil so amend and dig deeply, keeping the soil light and airy. Plant the roots at the depth listed, then water in once. Your Aruncus will start sprouting as soon as the soil warms but won't need much extra water while dormant. Once sprouted water them deeply a few times a week for best growth although once established they are fairly drought tolerant.

Landscape Uses:  Goat's beard can be planted as a specimen or an accent with shrubs, ornamental grasses, or as a background in the shady perennial garden. Use dwarf goat's beard in partially shaded rock gardens with hostas, toad lilies, tiarellas, and wildflowers.

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