Astilbe chinensis grow and care – herbaceous rhizome of the genus Astilbe also known as Chinese astilbe or False goat’s beard, Astilbe chinensis perennial evergreen or deciduous used as ornamental fragrant cut flower plant, can grow in temperate or cold mediterranean or subtropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 4-9, possible to grow it in full shade in hardiness zone 9-10.
Leaves color green elliptic with serrated margin some leaves grow in groups 3 to 7 leaves.
Cold climate, well drained but moist, soil, when put mulch it’s better to keep the soil moist also dead leaves can do the job, rich soil, organic matter, humus, and add 3 times a year fertilizer
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction
Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction? No, but easy and if prefer specific color it can ensure the flower color
Difficulties or problems when growing: Sensitive to heat
Planting season: Spring to summer in hardiness zone 4-9, autumn to winter in hardiness zone 10-11
Pests and diseases: Thrips
Pruning season: Winter
How to prune: Dead flower and for design
Size of the plant: 40-80 cm, 16-32 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Fast growing / Medium growing
Water requirement: Average amount of water / Big amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Half Shade / Full Shade
Is it possible to grow as houseplant? Yes, when grow indoor need light and air ventilation
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes, start with container that bigger than the plant at least 30-50%, need to switch the soil once in a few years by new soil, better to do in the winter, wash the soil from the roots and cut the root and prune the plant, use potting mix or peat soil with perlite and mix it with hummus and organic matter, use chopped mulch to keep the soil moist, let the bottom of the pot fill in water but dry in the same day.
Bloom season: Spring / Summer / Autumn
General information about the flower: Fragrant flowers color can be: red, white, pink or purple, the leaves small growing in inflorescence, in cones shape.
How to grow from seeds
Sowing requirement: Moist soil, half shade to full shade
Saving seeds and care until sowing: Dry location and in refrigerator, before sowing need burring
Sowing season: Spring / Summer in hot day will do problem of the germination
Planting spacing: 30*40cm, 12*16 inches
Depth of Sowing: 1cm, (0.5inches)
Conditions for seeds germinate: Moist soil, humidity
Watering requires for Seeds: Average amount of water, don’t over water and don’t let it dry
Germination time: 2-6 weeks
Condition of seedling: Moist soil, rich soil, mulch, if in the summer full shade
Do the seeds require burying? Yes
Chilling hour’s requirements: 1-2 month
Alternative names: False goat’s beard, Tall false-buck’s-beard, Chinese Astilbe