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Planting Instructions for Stachys (betony):

Bloom Time:  Summer Light:  Full sun to part shade
Soil:  Average to rich, moist but well-drained Moisture:  Average, drought tolerant once established
Planting Depth:  1/2 to 1" deep, mulch lightly Spacing:  15 to 18"

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Bare root Stachys should be on the dry side, so if condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out for a short time and then close it again. Plant everything within a day or two.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Stachys in full sun to part shade in average to rich, moist but well-drained soil. Add compost or peat humus to enrich and loosen the soil if needed, but they are very adaptable to almost any soil conditions so long as they are not overly wet. Remember to keep the soil light and airy for perennials, so cover them with loose soil and don't pack it in after planting.

Moisture:  Stachys do not require much moisture and prefer to be started a little dry. During that time we like to water lightly once and then we don't water again until the foliage has started to emerge and they are very drought tolerant once established, only needing water when they visibly wilt.

Spacing:  15 to 18"

Depth:  Plant with the top of the crown about 1/2 to 1" below soil level so no roots should be showing after planting. Mulch lightly around the plants for weed prevention.

General Instructions:  Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich or loosen the soil, if needed, however Stachys are very adaptable to any good, loose, well-draining soil. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole if desired. Plant the roots as listed above, then water in once lightly. They prefer a slightly dry start when they are dormant in spring and have no foliage. Once they are actively growing it is alright to give them supplemental water once a week or so, if needed, although they usually only need to be watered when they wilt.

Landscape Uses:  Combine betony with other drought tolerant, summer blooming perennials such as Salvia, hardy geranium, Veronica, shasta daisies, purple coneflowers, and yarrow. It works well in the mixed perennial border towards the middle of the garden as it is a medium sized plant when flowering. It does equally well in full sun and part shade, adding an excellent splash of color in the middle of the summer. Deadheading can encourage a small flush of secondary blossoms and prevent too many self sown seedlings.

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