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Q.newly planted astilbe

Zone Wakeman, Ohio | debfaight added on March 18, 2018 | Answered

I planted three bare root astilbe last spring in a prepared, soil tested, shaded bed. They seemed to struggle. I just raked the bed today & I see no sign of them. Is it still too early? I live in zone 6b – northeast Ohio.
Debbi Faight

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Answered on March 19, 2018

It is still a bit early for leaves to be emerging in 6b, particularly in shady spots. A chilly March isn't helping! Plants respond to soil temperature, not ambient temp. However, the crown of astilbe is often very near the surface. Raking with a metal rake might even break off tender leaves. Many perennials show little above ground growth their first season; they are focused on root development. I expect you'll see growth in the next 2-3 weeks.

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