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Planting Instructions for Stokesia (Stoke's aster):

Bloom Time:  Summer Light:  Full sun to part shade
Soil:  Average to rich, moist but well-drained Moisture:  Average to slightly moist
Planting Depth:  Top of roots/base of foliage 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 Stokesia should be kept inside the bags of peat moss until ready to plant, keeping it in a cool, dry location out of direct sunlight. Plant everything within a days.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Stokesia 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. Remember to keep the soil light and airy for perennials, so cover them with loose soil and don't pack them in after planting.

Moisture:  Stokesia prefers consistent moisture in the summer but need good drainage in the winter. Give them rich soil and regular water to get them established, allowing the soil to dry slightly between watering. In time, as they establish, they tend to be carefree.

Spacing:  15 - 18"

Depth:  Plant with the top of the roots and base of the foliage about 1/2 to 1" below soil level and then mulch lightly after planting to help keep them cool and moist.

General Instructions:  Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich or loosen the soil, if needed. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole, plant the roots as listed above, then water in well. They won't need much water until they are actively growing but then it is alright to give them supplemental water a couple times a week, if needed, allowing the soil to dry slightly between watering. Continue a regular watering through the first summer, as needed, and you will enjoy many blooms the first season.

Landscape Uses:  Stokesia makes a nice addition to the sunny border. Combine it with other summer flowering plants such as balloon flower, campanula, and sedum, or combine it with more upright plants like penstemon and iris as a good contrast in plant styles.

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