The Q&A Archives: Planting Bare Root Astilbes

Question: I am starting astibles and bleeding hearts in pots, using bare root packages I bought at Home Depot. They have long, pale, stems of new growth. Should I snip them off? Or should I plant them with the stems sticking out of the ground? thank you

Answer: Although you don't need to remove the pale new growth, you can if it looks unattractive. Or, you can leave it alone and it should develop into thik, healthy stems once you plant the roots. If you leave them on, plant the roots so the new stems are above the soil level - otherwise they will rot. If you cut them off, just plant as directed on the label of the package. Either way, your new plants should grow up to be beautiful, healthy plants. Enjoy!

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