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Quincystreet
Apr 19, 2016 5:07 PM CST
I live in the Washington, D.C., Metro area (Zone 7).

Last fall, I planted bare root astilbes and tulips in large planters. Early winter was warm, and the astilbes put up growth in December. January cold killed the growth. The tulips are up and blooming, but I haven't seen any sign of astilbe growth. Is it too early to see any activity, or is it likely the astilbe are dead?
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DaisyI
Apr 19, 2016 7:20 PM CST
Welcome to NGA! Welcome!

Carefully (don't want to disturb new shoots) dig down to one of the rhizomes and check to see if it's moosh. If they are solid, give them a chance. Astilbe are used to this sort of thing.

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Weedwhacker
Apr 19, 2016 8:08 PM CST
Welcome, @Quincystreet !

Astilbe grow fine for me up here, so I don't think yours were killed by the cold... I suspect yours will be popping up soon! Smiling
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Name: Val
Near Boston, MA (Zone 6a)
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vma4922
Apr 21, 2016 7:45 PM CST
I'm in zone 7 also and my astilbe (bare root from last spring) just broke ground this past weekend. keep an eye out and give it a while longer..let us know!
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
Apr 23, 2016 11:02 PM CST
They'll be fine. They're as tough as nails. some of ours are just beginning to sprout. and some are fully open, but we've never had a problem with any of them returning even after the harshest winters.
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cwhitt
Apr 26, 2016 10:34 AM CST
I live in Ohio and right now I have just one Astilbe that is poking through the eart. I would wait a bit longer. Whistling
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