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House Plant Index

Astilbe japonica

Flowers March-April
Potting or re-potting time see below
Position in garden during summer see below
Potting Mixture 3

Astilbe, or spiraea as the florists call it, is a handsome Easter flower with large, foamy panicles of white, pink, or rose blossoms and fern-like foliage.

The plant requires an abundance of water; two wettings a day is not overdoing it. Give it a sunny window and a cool temperature.

The process of continuing to use Astilbe, as a flowering houseplant is a little complicated. As it is hardy, it is advisable to remove it from the pot after it is through flowering and plant it in the garden as a permanent tenant and purchase new plants each year for forced bloom in the house.

Three good varieties are:

America lilac-rose
Gladstone white
Queen Alexandra pink