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Planting Instructions for Chelone (turtlehead):

Bloom Time:  Late summer Light:  Full sun in bog-like conditions, otherwise light sun to light shade
Soil:  Humus-rich, moist to wet Moisture:  Consistently moist to wet
Planting Depth:  Bury completely with the uppermost sprouts about 1" below the soil Spacing:  18 to 24"

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Chelone shouldn't dry out too much, even when dormant, so a little condensation in the bags is okay. Plant everything within a few days.

Soil/Location:  Turtleheads are native to swamps and bogs where there is full sun but ample moisture. In the garden place them in light sun to light shade in rich soil that won't dry out too quickly or where you can water them easily if they wilt.

Moisture:  Although Chelone is surprisingly adaptable you will want to give them as much moisture as possible for the best growth and blooms.

Spacing:  18 to 24" as they spread underground and will form a dense colony

Depth:  Your Chelone is made up of spreading, fleshy roots forming growth points all along the roots at varying depths. It is best to simply completely bury the roots with the uppermost sprouts at least 1" below the soil, but in reality they will sprout from varying depths, even quite deeply. Apply 1 to 2" of mulch after planting to help conserve moisture.

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. Plant the roots at the depth listed, then water in well once. Your Chelone will then actually like to be a bit dry while they are dormant so we usually don't give them any extra water until after they have completely sprouted. Once they are actively growing they enjoy regular moisture and can be watered a few times a week or more if they wilt.

Landscape Uses:  Turtleheads add wonderful late season color plus they are attractive to hummingbirds. Combine them with other moisture loving plants such as Anaphalis (pearly everlasting), Lobelia, Eupatorium (Joe pye weed), Siberian and Japanese Iris, Hibiscus, Liatris, and Alchemilla (lady's mantle).

If plants grow a bit leggy but you can trim them back half way in early June which encourages them to branch out and produce much more dense growth and even more blooms.

 
 
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