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Acorus Planting Instructions

Planting Instructions for Acorus (sweet flag grass):

Bloom Time:  Insignificant blooms Light:  Full sun to part shade
Soil:  Humus-rich, consistently moist Moisture:  Average to wet
Planting Depth:  Horizontally, right below the soil Spacing:  15 to 18"

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Acorus stores best with just a little moisture but not damp or wet. Plant everything within a few days.

Soil/Location:  Acorus prefers full sun to part shade in humus-rich soil that stays wet or is watered often. Although it prefers to be grown at the edges of ponds, streams, swamps, or bogs it also does surprisingly well in the average garden in moist but well-drained soil.

Moisture:  Acorus prefers consistently moist to even wet conditions but is adaptable to the average garden.

Spacing:  15 to 18" or more - the rhizomes are dense spreading

Depth:  Plant your Acorus horizontally just below the soil so that they are lightly covered after watering. Mulch lightly to keep them cool and moist.

General Instructions:  Enrich your garden with generous amounts of compost or peat humus, if needed, and mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting site. Plant the rhizomes at the depth listed, then water in really well. Your Acorus will typically start sprouting within a few days. Keep them moist, especially after they have sprouted for the best growth.

Landscape Uses:  Plant Acorus at the edge of lakes, ponds, streams or bogs with other moisture loving plants such as Louisiana, Siberian, blue flag, or Japanese Iris, Lobelia, and other water plants. They also work well in containers as a pond marginal and look great as a vertical accent in just about any sunny garden.