Red Shades, Achillea (Yarrow)
Learning Download: How to Grow Achillea
The Achillea, also known as Yarrow, is a very hardy perennial. It consists of small flowers grown on long stems, that make great cut flowers to store in a vase.
Before Planting: Achillea flowers prefer full sun and well-drained soil.
Planting: Plant seeds after the last frost date in the spring once the soil begins to warm. Space seeds 12 to 18 inches apart and cover them lightly with soil.
Watering: Once Achillea is established, it has low water requirements and will struggle if the soil is kept too moist.
Fertilizer: Typically, Achillea doesn’t require much fertilizer. However, you can fertilize once a year in the late fall or winter season by adding a shovelful of compost or a sprinkle of organic fertilizer.
Days to Maturity: The flower portion should be harvested when the petals are open and not yet brown or dried.
Harvesting: The leaves can be harvested anytime, but are best used in the spring and early summer. The root is best harvested in the fall.
Tips: Achillea is often harvested for its medicinal properties. Add a tablespoon of the chopped leaves or flower to a cup of boiling water and steep 10 to 15 minutes.
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