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Planting Instructions for Epimedium (barrenwort):

Bloom Time:  Spring Light: Part shade to full shade
Soil:  Average to rich, moist but well-drained Moisture:  Average to slightly moist but very drought tolerant
Planting Depth:  Plant with the crown about 1/2 to 1" below the soil and then mulch lightly Spacing:  15 to 18" apart

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Epimedium (barrenwort) likes to be slightly dry when dormant so make sure there isn't any condensation inside the bag, otherwise just keep it sealed and plant everything within a few days.

Soil/Location:  Plant Epimedium in any average to rich, moist but well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Once established it also does well in very dry shade.

Moisture:  Epimedium likes some occasional moisture but is drought tolerant once established. Water once after planting and then water once or twice a week if the soil is dry.

Spacing: 15 to 18" apart or more, some varieties spread to form a dense groundcover

Depth:  Epimedium spreads underground by creeping rhizomes or densely from a central crown, depending on the variety. Plant so that all of the sprouts and rhizomes are covered by about 1/2 to 1" of soil then mulch lightly.

General Instructions:  Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich the soil, if needed. Epimedium grows fine in just about any woodland type soil, but giving them some good compost will help them grow and flower better. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole and plant at the depth listed above. After planting you can water in once really good and then they won't need to be watered again until well after they are sprouted and actively growing. Once growing allow the soil to dry out between watering.

Landscape Uses:  Epimediums make great groundcover plants in shady spots and will even tolerate dry shade. They work well with hostas, astilbes, wildflowers, spring bulbs, and ferns, or plant them under trees and shrubs or along shady pathways.

 
 
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