Growing Anemone Flowers:
How to Grow the Anemone Perennial Organically

Anemone flowers are versatile perennials with many varieties to suit a range of soils and situations. Originating from Greece, they can provide elegant height in a mixed border, low bursts of color in rockeries or gentle interest in woodland shade.

Growing Anemone Flowers: Plant Snapshot

Growing Anemone Flowers
  • Anemone (Anemone)
  • Annual or perennial? Perennial
  • Recommended varieties (by color):
    • Blue: Anemone blanda ‘Blue Shades’
    • Pink: Anemone hybrida ‘Max Vogel’, anemone hupehensis ‘Bressingham Glow’
    • Red: anemone pavonina
    • White: Anemone vitifolia, anemone blanda ‘White Spendor’, Honorine Jobert
  • Recommended USDA Hardiness zones: 4 to 9 depending on variety
  • Mature Height: 4 inches to 48 inches (10 to 120cm) depending on variety
  • Mature Spread: 3 to 18 inches (7 to 45cm)
  • Sun Requirements: partial shade, partial sun, full sun
  • Blooming season: Early spring, mid summer, late summer, mid fall, late winter
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Growing Anemone Flowers: Planting the Seed, Transplanting and/or Root Division

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Anemones are rewarding to grow from seed and should flower within two years. Sow seeds fresh (as soon as they’re collected) into pots or a seed tray filled with your own sieved compost or a nutrient-rich seed starting mix. Place in a sheltered, cool place outside making sure they do not dry out. Transplant into pots once true leaves have appeared.

Varieties with rhizome roots can be divided by splitting the roots in early spring. Dig up plants using a fork to avoid damaging the rhizome. Split it into smaller pieces discarding any old roots. Replant at a distance of about 8 inches (20cm) apart.

Make sure plants do not dry out in the first few weeks after transplanting.

Snapshot: Planting Anemone Flower

  • Germination soil temperature: 68 degrees F (20 C)
  • Distance between plants: about 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20cm) depending on variety
  • Planting depth: 3 to 5 inches (7 to 12cm)
  • Days to germination: 14 to 40 days
  • Preferred soil pH (see soil pH tester for more information): 5.6 to 7.8
  • Root division information (perennials only):
    • Root system type (clumping, spreading, rhizome or tuber): rhizomes and tubers
    • Roots division frequency: 3 to 4 years
    • In which season should dividing occur? Summer flowering varieties when they are dormant, autumn flowering varieties in spring
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Growing Anemone Flowers: Anemone Flower Care

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Standard flower watering guidelines apply. Provide plant supports for varieties over 3 feet tall. Stake early in the season so that foliage grows and disguises supports.

Feed using organic poultry manure in spring as the plant begins to grow and mid summer to sustain growth and flowering. Cut herbaceous varieties down to near their base in the spring.

Snapshot: Anemone Flower Care

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Growing Anemone Flowers: Harvesting/Cutting Time

Cut early morning or in the evening. Anemone De Caen and St Brigid selections are popular for cut flowers, with 12 inches (30 cm) stems and vivid pink and violet colors. Anemone plants do not need deadheading, although you may prefer to tidy the plant a couple of times over the season.

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Growing Anemone Flowers: Pests & Diseases

Anemones are relatively pest- and disease-free. Root division every three or four years will prevent plants from getting over-crowded and more vulnerable to diseases.

Prune out any leaves showing wedges of discoloration between veins. Dig out and destroy whole plants if they have become completely infected.

The following pests and diseases have been known to affect the success of growing Anemone Flower (see Organic Garden Pest Control for information about how to prevent and address pests and diseases)...

Pests

  • Aphids
  • Black blister worms
  • Leaf and bud eelworms

Diseases

  • Rust
  • Downy mildew
  • Spot disease
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