How to plant, care for and grow Anemone
|Name derived from||In Greek, anemos means wind|
|Common name||Windflower, anemone|
|Flower Colours||Range from white to blue, red and mauve. Most have a contrasting center colour|
|Predators||None, in unfavorable conditions mildew can occur|
Anemone is a tuberous rhizome. The rhizomes that are commonly in South Africa are from Southeast Europe and Mediterranean Asia. They are container friendly provided there is good drainage. At maturity, they will be about 25cm tall.
Seasons and planting
The soil for planting Anemone should be rich, light, well-drained sandy loam – found in most gardens. The plant can tolerate some sun but it is recommended to have shade during the hottest part of the day.
The tuberous rhizome should be planted at a depth of 2cm with 2.5cm spacing between them. Plant the tuberous rhizome with the pointed end downwards. If you cannot tell where the pointed end is, plant it on its side. The lowest temperature that the plant can tolerate is -6°C.
Anemones require regular watering and the soil must not become dried out. It is recommended to water it well once every four days. Ensure you do not overwater because this could lead to the tuberous rhizome rotting.
Lift when foliage starts to yellow in early summer. You can feed them Hadeco Bulb food which is only necessary if bulbs are to be used for the following season.
To propagate Anemone, the seed is recommended to be sown fresh (summer). Put the seeds in a fine sandy loam, keep them moist and protect them from the hot summer sun. Flowering will begin the next spring.
Fun fact: Anemone was taken from the Middle East and introduced to Europe in 1596.