Achillea Red Mix (Yarrow) - Seeds
This mix contains 1/4 of a teaspoon of the following open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $9.50.
- Achillea millefolium 'Red Velvet' and 'Walther Funcke'.
- Achillea filipendulina 'Credo' or 'Hella Glashoff'.
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) is a perennial growing to 60cm with dark green, feathery foliage, This plant is inclined to spread but is easy to control by reducing the clumps each spring. Drought tolerant and often grown to prevent soil erosion. Divide clumps every three to five years during spring or autumn.
Achillea filipendulina (Fern Leafed Yarrow) is a perennial that contains varieties that grow between 60cm to just over a metre tall. Plants bush out with fragrant fern-like foliage to about the same width, making an attractive display even before it blooms. This is a clumping variety that does not spread.
Achillea flowers bring in the beneficial insects particularly hoverflies. Remove faded flowers regularly to promote continued blooming. Grow Achillea in full sun in well-drained soil, never allow plants to become waterlogged. Divide clumps every three to five years during spring or autumn.
It makes an excellent dried or cut flower. Cut when the flowers are well open but before the oldest flowers on the stem start to show signs of browning. To dry, hang upside down in a warm (not hot) place with good air circulation. Drying too fast at high temperatures can cause browning, but drying too slowly may result in colour loss on the stems and leaves and give a less fresh appearance.
Sow seeds in autumn or spring. As light aids germination, sprinkle seeds on top of potting mix and lightly cover with soil. Gently water and keep moist not wet. Ideal temperature for germination is 15 to 20C. Germination takes 5 to 10 days. Prick out each seedling once it has its first set of true leaves (which to most people look like its second leaves) and transplant into 10cm pots containing free-draining potting mix and grow them on in frost free conditions until large enough to plant outside.