Learn how to grow astrantia, growing astrantia is easy. It is a hardy plant that can be grown on the ground even in areas where winters are harsh. Growing astrantia is possible in pots too.
USDA Hardiness Zones — 5-9
Difficulty — Easy
Other Names — Masterwort, Greater Masterwort, Melancholy Gentleman, Hattie’s Pincushion
Bloom Time — Spring to Fall (depending more on the climate)
Soil pH — Slightly acidic to Neutral
Astrantia is native to Europe and Western Asia. A beautiful plant, resistant, cold hardy and easy to grow with which you can create low maintenance borders and flowerbeds. It is a herbaceous perennial belonging to the family of Umbelliferae (carrot family) that reaches a maximum of 60-70 cm in height. Equipped with bushy, large dark green foliage and small inflorescences in shade of red and pink, which remain on the plant from summer to fall.
- Astrantia Maxima
- Astrantia Carniolica
- Great Masterwort (Astrantia major)
- Astrantia Bavarica
- Astrantia Minor
How to Grow Astrantia
Growing astrantia is possible from seeds or by division of the clump in the spring or fall. For growing astrantia from seeds sow them directly on the ground or in seed tray in the fall or early spring after having placed the seeds in the refrigerator for 6 weeks as they require cold stratification to germinate. Optimum seed germination temperature is around 60 F (15C).
Locate the planting space where you want to plant Astrantia. Till the soil to a depth of 10 cm, amend it with 2 inches of compost, which gives the soil nutrition and helps in drainage.
Dig hole on the ground, two times wider than the root ball of your astrantia plant but place the plant at the same depth as it was in the container. Space each plant 18 inches apart.
Requirements for Growing Astrantia
This wild plant is usually grown in cottage gardens. You can grow it in your garden in shaded spots. It needs light to partial shade, shade from burning sun in the hottest hours is essential.
Astrantia adapts to most of the soil types. It particularly likes soil that is rich in organic matter.
Keep the soil evenly moist always. It requires more regular and frequent watering, especially during period of hot summer.
Spread 3 – 4 inch layer of mulch around your astrantias. Mulching helps the soil in retaining moisture and reduces weeds.
Do deadheading to encourage the plant for more flowers. If you want to collect seeds or multiply them, leave some blooms at the end of the season and let them seed.
Feed the plant in spring with a balanced, liquid fertilizer. Apply according to label instructions. Mulch in the fall with leaf mulch or compost.
Pests and Diseases
Look out for aphids, and slugs that are very fond of the leaves of masterwort. In terms of disease, it is subject to powdery mildew.