Anemone is a popular perennial that you can't just plant in the garden or on a bed. The plant also thrives well in the tub.© Željko Radojko - Fotolia.comWindrioli are graceful and easy-care plants that enrich and diversify every garden. The foundation stone for a lush sea of flowers is laid with the planting. It is important to distinguish between low growing anemones and taller flowers. Now learn what there is to consider when planting the anemones.
Anemones - Perennial or Bulb?
First of all, you should ask yourself whether he would like to choose bulbous plants or perennials. Since there are some differences in the planting and care of the various anemones, it is important to know which plants are involved.
Anemones are usually bulbous plants. These include, for example, the garden anemone or the wood anemone. These are early bloomers that grow low and their flowers begin to develop in March.
The autumn anemone is one of the best known herbaceous plants. These anemones delight in different flower colors and bloom between September and October. The perennial forms often reach stature heights of more than one meter.
" Tip: If the distinction is difficult, you should take a closer look at the roots. Bulbous plants do not resemble conventional bulbs, but have irregularly shaped brown-black runners.
Plant anemones - find a suitable location
The choice of location is particularly important. The right location ensures the growth and abundant flowering of the plants. Anemones tolerate a location in full sun less well. Light penumbra, for example planting under bushes, is ideal. The plants like to be confronted with different lighting conditions during the day.
A shady place should be avoided, otherwise the anemone will probably miss the flower. Plants should be given full sun for at least two hours a day. They like to spend the remaining hours in partial shade.
Suitable location in brief
- light penumbra
- about two hours of sunshine a day
- among bushes
Plant anemones - select substrate
Although anemones are generally considered to be easy-care plants, they are quite demanding when it comes to the choice of substrate. A fresh and humus rich soil is preferred. Good water permeability must be ensured. It is therefore important to loosen the substrate well before planting and to make it more permeable by adding sand.
" Tip: Anemones cannot tolerate acidic soils. Working garden lime into the substrate ensures a neutral floor.
To be on the safe side, the pH of the soil should be determined. Appropriate sets are available in every garden center for a few euros. A pH between 6.5 and 7.5 is ideal for planting anemones. Heavy clay soil should always be loosened up with sand or gravel. The plants thrive sparsely on compacted soils.
" Tip: Anemones should not be planted under conifers. The soil at these locations usually has a pH that is too low.
The ideal substrate in brief
- neutral to slightly acidic
Anemones plant as a bulb
As already mentioned, care should be taken when planting whether it is tubers or perennials. The early varieties of anemones are usually available as tubers. The planting time for the tubers is autumn.
Planting anemones as a bulb - step by step
- Select location
- Prepare the soil
- Allow tubers to swell
- Determine planting depth
- Insert tubers
- Keep planting distance
- Cover the tubers loosely with soil
- Lightly pour on the tubers
- Water the plant
Once the right location has been found, weeds, roots and stones are removed. The tubers are placed in water for about a day before planting so that they can soak up and swell with moisture. The planting depth is about five centimeters.
" Tip: Anemones look particularly pretty when planted in groups.
The planting distance between the individual tubers should be at least 20 centimeters. After the tubers have been inserted and the planting hole has been closed, the ground should be covered with a layer of autumn leaves. No further protection is necessary. The substrate should always be loose and moist. In winter it is occasionally irrigated on frost-free days.
Plant anemones as perennials
Perennial plants, unlike tubers, are already sold potted. In online trade, it is also common to offer anemones as root cuttings. So you don't get a finished plant, just root sections.
" Tip: Perennials are preferably planted in early summer.
Planting anemones as perennials - step by step
- Select location
- Prepare the soil
- Dig out the planting hole
- Stuff the plant
- Put the plant in the ground
- Cover the plant with loose soil
- Water the plant well
Root cuttings are placed in loose soil at a planting depth of five centimeters. The direction of growth can often not be clearly identified. Therefore, the root cuttings should be placed horizontally in the ground.
" Tip: Every single root piece later becomes a plant. Therefore, each section should be placed in a separate planting hole.
Anemones - an overview of important planting tips
|Select location||Anemones prefer a bright but not full sun location.|
The plants thrive particularly well in light shade.
The plants should receive full sun for about two hours a day.
|Prepare the soil||The plants don't like compacted soils.|
Gravel or sand serve to loosen a dense and heavy substrate.
|Make planting||The planting depth is about five centimeters.|
Planted in groups, the anemone is particularly expressive.
The bulbs or perennials should be covered with loose soil and always kept moist.
Plant anemones in a bucket© larisa1 - Fotolia.com Not only the group planting in the bed appears attractive, anemones can also be well cultivated in the tub. However, the maintenance effort for container plants is significantly higher than in the bed.
When planting, make sure that the planters have sufficient drainage holes so that there is no waterlogging. So that the water can drain off well, drainage in the bottom of the pot is essential. For this, gravel or shards of clay are layered over the drain hole before the potting soil is filled into the bucket.
On hot summer days, it may be necessary to water the plants several times a day. This depends on the location. The more sunny this was chosen, the more water the plants will need. The nutrient balance in a small planter is exhausted much faster than in the field. Therefore, fertilization should be carried out more frequently during the growth phase.
Anemones are quite robust plants that brave the cold outdoors. However, there is always a risk of freezing through in a planter. Therefore, planters should be kept in a sheltered location outdoors in mild winters or move to a cool but frost-free place in the house for safety.