One of the most productive and beautiful spring bulbs, these Galilee series anemones will knock the socks off regular garden anemones. Producing numerous long sturdy stems, and large flowers throughout early spring (until it gets too warm) they’re perfect for enjoying both in the garden and for your cutting garden.
Panda is white with black centre as shown in the photographs, and the Albino is white with a light green centre, which being new to me I haven’t photographed myself just yet.
Each pack contains 10 corms.
HOW TO GROW ANEMONES
Anemones can be started from Autumn through to early winter—Autumn started will likely bloom longer and have longer stems.
While anemones can be planted directly out, I prefer to pre-sprout mine to jump-start their growing by a few weeks and also provides a little more control in reducing the chance of rot during their vulnerable early growth period.
To pre-sprout your anemones begin by soaking your corms in room temperature water for 4 hours. Oxygenating the water during this process is important, and can be done in one of three ways:
– Frequently changing the water during the soaking process (every 30 mins or less).
– Leaving the water slightly running.
– Using an aquarium air pump/stones. After soaking the corms will become plump and almost double in size.
Add a layer of damp to moist but not wet potting soil to a flat seed tray or cell pack trays and place the anemone corms in a single layer with their pointy side down. They can be spaced quite close at this point as this is just temporary. Cover the corms with more soil till they’re completely covered.
Store the tray in a cool spot around 8-12ºC for 2-3 weeks, making sure to keep the corms moist but not wet, and remove any that show any signs of mould and rot.
During this time the corms will start to grow roots and start to sprout. Pull the corms up to check, and once the rootlets are about 5-10mm long they’re ready to be planted out.
Choose a planting spot with full sun (or somewhere slightly shaded) and good drainage. Rake in bulb fertilizer and top with a 5-10cm layer of compost. Plant the corms 5cm deep and 15cm apart.
Aphids are very fond of anemones, are are best managed when dealt to early before their population quickly explodes. So as soon as they’re leafed up and especially once buds are spotted, inspect them regularly for aphids and deal to them promptly.
Anemones typically start flowering approximately 3 months after planting and bloom for 4-6 weeks, and will go dormant once temperatures regularly get to around 20°C. Anemones are great long lasting cut-flowers, and can be harvested as soon as the flowers open.