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Planting Instructions for Asarum (wild ginger):

Bloom Time:  Late spring/early summer (at soil level and hidden by the foliage) Light:  Part shade to full shade
Soil:  Humus-rich, moist but well-draining, woodland soil Moisture:  Average, but drought tolerant
Planting Depth:  1/2" deep, mulch lightly Spacing: 12 to 15" for smaller cultivars up to 18 to 24" for larger spreaders

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. If condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out slightly. Plant everything within a day or two of arrival.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Asarum in a shady spot in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Add compost or peat humus to enrich and loosen the soil, if needed. Remember to keep the soil light and airy for perennials, so cover them with a fine layer of loose soil and don't pack the soil in after planting.

Moisture:  Asarum is tolerant of a wide range of conditions so long as they are not extremely wet, especially in the winter. Average moisture is good but they are also quite drought tolerant and will even grow in dry shade.

Spacing:  12 to 15" for smaller cultivars up to 18 to 24" for larger spreaders

Depth:  Asarum grows from horizontal rhizomes that grow right at soil level. When planting it is best to cover them with about 1/2" of soil and then mulch lightly. They will root out along the rhizomes, but don't like to be too deep at first. In time they will adjust themselves to grow at soil level.

General Instructions:  Enrich your garden with compost or peat humus, as needed, and mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting area. Plant the roots at the depth listed, then water in lightly. Asarum prefer a slightly dry start so we only water them in once and then wait for their foliage to start growing. Once they are actively growing it is alright to give them supplemental water as needed to keep them from wilting, but once established they are very drought tolerant.

Landscape Uses:  Asarums look great in the woodland garden with hostas, ferns, Pulmonaria, and other woodland plants. Asarum canadense and Asarum europeanum tolerate some dry shade under trees and shrubs or on slopes and will naturalize in the garden on their own. Asarum canadense works well as a ground cover in problem spots or where a thick, weed blocking plant is needed.

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