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Amsonia Planting Instructions

Planting Instructions for Amsonia (blue star):

Bloom Time:  Early summer with bright yellow fall color Light: Full sun to light shade
Soil:  Average to rich, moist but well-drained Moisture:  Average to slightly moist but drought tolerant
Planting Depth:  Plant with growth points 1" below soil, then mulch lightly Spacing:  18 to 24"

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Amsonia likes to be slightly dry when dormant so make sure there isn't any condensation inside the bag, otherwise just keep it sealed and plant everything within a few days.

Soil/Location:  Plant Amsonia in any average to rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun to light shade.

Moisture:  Amsonia likes some occasional moisture but is drought tolerant once established. Water once after planting and then water occasionally if the soil dries out.

Spacing: 18 to 24" apart or more

Depth:  Amsonia forms a dense crown with many growth points that form above the roots but below the soil. The growth points should be completely covered, so plant with the top of the crown about 1" below the soil and then mulch lightly.

General Instructions:  Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich the soil, if needed. Amsonia grows fine in just about any well-draining soil, but giving them some good compost will help them grow and flower better. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole and plant at the depth listed above. After planting you can water in once really good and then they won't need to be watered again until after they are sprouted and actively growing. Once growing water deeply once a week, if needed, until they are established.

Landscape Uses:  Use blue star wherever you need an accent in the garden. It works well as a transitional planting along pathways or between the sunny and shady parts of the garden. Plant it as a backdrop to silver or blue plants such as artemisia and scabiosa or combine it with fall plants as the wonderful bright yellow fall color makes an excellent contrast with ornamental grasses and sedum .