House Plant Index
|Potting or re-potting time
|Position in garden during summer
| see below
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: