The Wonderful Yarrow: Why can't I grow yarrow?

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The Wonderful Yarrow

By dave
November 17, 2014

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, has been known and loved for thousands of years, and in fact, its name came from the Greek hero, Achilles.

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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Nov 17, 2014 2:47 PM CST
I have tried to grow it here but it does not stand upright and does not grow well..
Is it too hot in zone 8 lower areas , too humid?
It grows in Atlanta Georgia really well where my mother has it in her flower bed
at her home..but here it does not live..

Bee balm was always a problem for me it would die, mildew and I tried again this year and I have kept it moist..and I think that was the secret along with
whatever type it is.. maybe mildew name on it when bought at lowes
last spring.. I have beautiful bee balm ..the plant is green and healthy and we are to turn down to 24 will not be pretty and green tommorow..
any thoughts on growing yarrow in a humid hot climate like lower zone 8 in
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Nov 17, 2014 3:29 PM CST
I find yarrow likes full sun, and can certainly take the heat, but in my area it needs lots of water to keep it alive. Too dry here with almost 6 months no rain usually..It should not be a problem I think in your area. If it is a young plant, it will have to be watered a little more often first year to be established and use porous, well draining soil.

I almost killed mine, thinking it is drought tolerant right away so it should survive well the way I water my other succulents. A sudden rain later showed me that it likes more water and I have been underwatering it after all. Then my next mistake, I should have deadheaded it after blooming so it can reallocate resources to grow again. Now that I knew about it, it has slowly returned.
Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
"They" say Zone 5, I garden for 4!
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Nov 22, 2014 11:20 AM CST
I find it interesting that a friend in Seattle was somewhat horrified I grow yarrow! Perhaps her mild climate allows it to be invasive? I am in Z. 4 in WI and love it in my mixed perennial beds including one large hillside one. I just wish the newer cultivars would propagate more rapidly.
Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
Salvias Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Nov 23, 2014 3:09 PM CST
thank you for sharing
I found that bee balm likes moisture and more watering here
and that was my answer on growing it here...
so maybe Yarrow is the same for me ..
in lower zone 8.

I have morning sun only on that area..that might be a problem

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