How to plant anemones Blanda
These lovely small, daisy-like flowers open in late winter and look wonderful mixed with early flowering spring bulbs to provide early nectar for hungry pollinators. They self seed and, given a few years, will carpet the ground with their foliage.
These anemones prefer a humus-rich soil, planted in full sun or partial shade making them perfect for woodland planting. Plant them around 5 to 8cm deep allowing around 100 per square meter. If the soil is very dry before planting, soak them in tepid water for around four to six hours and dry before planting.
Feed every couple of weeks with high potash feed such as liquid seaweed and provide them a light mulch in late summer early autumn. Avoid using manure or mushroom compost which is too rich sticking instead to garden soil or well rotted compost. Lift and divide dense clumps after a few years to keep them flowering well.
As with all bulbs, use gloves when planting, do not ingest and keep away from dogs and cats. nemone contains toxins which can irritate the skin, wear gloves when handling anemone.
Always unpack bulbs on arrival and store in a cool place until ready to plant
Potential problems, pests and diseases:
Downy mildew can affect anemone and is caused by poor air circulation. To avoid it, lift and divide congested clumps.