Phlox Paniculata – sp coming soon

Hoping that these take of, just 3m inside of open forest, quite a few sp here will update this as soon as we find the seed packets :) Some info about the genus:

Ok found one packet: sp Spitfire

Phlox is a widely grown perennial with strong stems and showy domed flowerheads which persist for many weeks during the summer. It is an excellent plant for use in the perennial border or cutting garden, but requires some extra maintenance for optimum growth. Phlox are heavy feeders. They need rich, well drained garden soil that has a high organic content. A periodic application of 5-10-5 fertilizer is beneficial. Fertility must be available in the upper 6″ of the soil, because the roots seldom penetrate deeper than 6″. The roots will, however, extend as far as 2′ from the crown, utilizing nutrients and competing with other plants in the area. Each clump should have a minimum space of 18″ across when fully developed. Phlox flowers best in full sun, although light afternoon shade is tolerated. Plants need good air circulation and an abundance of water which must be properly applied at ground level through a soaker hose, NOT applied from overhead directly onto the foliage. Overhead watering promotes a high incidence of powdery mildew, which is the single most common problem that afflicts this plant. If overhead watering cannot be avoided, it should be done during the early part of the day to give the foliage sufficient time to dry out before nightfall. Night watering invites rapid mildew infection. Plants do not do well during extremely hot summers. They suffer from the effects of humidity and drought. On the other hand, extremely cool and wet summers can cause poor growth and general weakening of the plant. Phlox thrives on lifting and division. Division every 3-5 years keeps plants robust. They are most vigorous from the second to the fourth years after planting. Plants should be pinched back to 5-7 major shoots in early spring to promote strong growth and to aid in better air circulation. Removing spent flowerheads will encourage the growth of flowering side shoots and extend the season of bloom. With the proper care, Phlox can be the foundation of the summer perennial garden. Text taken from here

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