There is no secret rule of [green] thumb for successfully growing anemone blanda, but getting to know the conditions that the plant will flourish in will heighten your chances of a healthy plant. In this article, we are going to talk about the “specifics” of the plant, such as colors and height, as well as talk about the conditions it needs to grow in and diseases you should watch out for.
You may have heard the anemone blanda called by other names such as Grecian windflower or simply anemones. They have open saucer shaped flowers that come in a variety of colors including white, blue, and pink. The flowers are relatively small at around one inch in width. Because these flowers usually do not surpass half a foot in height, they are make excellent additions to flower beds, borders, wooded gardens, as well as rock gardens. The stems of these flowers are green and the leaves they produce are usually a medium to dark colored green color. The shape of the leaves is often described as “fern-like” as they are so deeply cut and numerous, but this adds a pleasant backdrop for the vibrant flower petals.
The first thing to consider when preparing to plant your anemone blanda flowers is where you want to plant them, and whether or not that area is healthy for the flowers. This particular species of flower needs full sun or partial shade to remain in good health; therefore the area that you want your flowers to be planted in should have good sun exposure for at least six to eight hours each day. The soil doesn’t have to be top grade, but not should it be poor quality. A decent, mid-grade quality soil should do nicely, particularly if it is quite sandy. You must also make sure that the area has good drainage, as overly wet soil could result in bulb, seed, or root rot.
The best time to plant your anemones are during the autumn. For the best result, soak the tubers in water overnight, then plant them the next day. Perhaps one of the most favored aspects of these flowers is that they are one of the first ones to pop up in the spring time and will flower for about four to six weeks during this period. They are quite hardy against drought, humidity, as well as heat, but they do have a weakness that may require special attention as to the location they are planted in. If you live in an area that sometimes receives windy weather, you may want to plant your anemones in an area that is protected from the wind or make other arrangements such as a makeshift protective shield.
General maintenance is fairly simple with the anemone blanda. As mentioned above, these plants are pretty resilient against drought, so watering during the summer isn’t necessarily an issue, however you must make sure that you keep the plants well watered during the autumn and spring months. If you want your plants to really flourish, you may want to plant quite a few of them, as they tend to grow better in groups. Fertilizer is not a requirement in order for anemones to do well; they multiply naturally every year through seeds and tubers.
Keeping your anemones safe from wind damage as well as keeping an eye out for any diseases or bugs that may be troubling your plant are simple preventative measures to enable your plants to live longer. Also, don’t forget to keep the plants nice and hydrated during the autumn and spring, and add a bit of mulch around the plants if the temperatures drop below 23 degrees F. Aside from these basic tips, you should not find your anemones to be any specific burden compared to your regular gardening procedure.