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Planting Instructions for Tiarella (foamflower):

Bloom Time:  Spring Light:  Part shade to full shade
Soil:  Humus-rich, well-draining, woodland soil Moisture:  Average to dry conditions
Planting Depth:  1/2 to 1" deep plus 1" of mulch Spacing: 12 to 18", depending on variety

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 Tiarella in a shady spot in humus-rich, well-drained, woodland type soil. Add compost or peat humus to enrich and loosen the soil, if needed, amending the entire area for best results. 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:  Tiarella is native to areas of deciduous shade with relatively dry conditions. It is accustomed to leaf clutter so we recommend planting the crown a little deeply and mulching for winter protection. When planted this way it is quite drought tolerant and thrives with little extra moisture.

Spacing:  12 to 18", depending on whether it is a clumping or spreading variety

Depth:  Plant with the top of the crown about 1/2 to 1" below soil level and then mulch them after planting. This keeps them cool and moist in the summer and protects them from drying winds in the winter.

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 hole. Plant the roots at the depth listed, then water in lightly. Tiarella prefer a slightly dry start so we only water them in once and then wait for them to sprout. Too much moisture early could damage the new shoots before they get a chance to emerge. 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:  Tiarellas look great in the woodland garden with hostas, ferns, Pulmonaria, bleeding hearts (Dicentra), and spring bulbs and wildflowers. The foliage also looks very nice in the fall and winter. We tend to plant them in small groups along the borders but the flowers also look nice from a distance when planted in masses.

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