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Alchemilla Planting Instructions

Planting Instructions for Alchemilla (lady's mantle):

Bloom Time:  Summer Light:  Light sun to full shade
Soil:  Humus-rich, consistently moist - clay tolerant Moisture: Consistently moist but not waterlogged
Planting Depth:  rhizomes about 1/2" below soil, mulch 1" Spacing:  15 to 18"

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Alchemilla shouldn't dry out too much, even when dormant, so a little condensation in the bags is okay. Plant everything within a few days.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Alchemilla in light sun to full shade in loose and airy, humus-rich, soil that stays evenly moist. They don't mind being in some sun but are neither heat nor drought tolerant. Add compost or peat humus to enrich the soil if needed.

Moisture:  Alchemilla like even moisture and will wilt quickly when they need water then will get browned and crispy edges on the leaves if they are dry for too long.

Spacing:  15 to 18"

Depth:  Alchemilla grow from a rhizome that will grow above the soil in time. To keep the plants from drying out too quickly it is best to plant the rhizomes about 1/2" below the soil with the new growth points right at soil level then cover with a light layer of mulch after planting.

General Instructions:  Enrich your garden with generous amounts of compost or peat humus and if needed add peat moss for moisture retention. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into each planting hole, plant the roots at the depth listed, then water them in. Your Alchemilla will typically start sprouting within a few days and won't need too much moisture until they are actively growing unless it is very dry. Once they have sprouted keep them evenly moist and water deeply whenever the wilt.

Landscape Uses:  Lady's mantle is typically grown for its wonderful foliage. Combine them with other moisture loving plants such as Siberian Iris, ferns, Ligularia, Hostas, Tricyrtis and Astilbes. Plants self sow freely so could be used as a groundcover in any moist, shady area where they can be allowed to naturalize.