Anemone blanda, also known as windflower, is a relatively new addition to my garden. Like anemone coronaria that is grown for cut flowers, these anemones are quite cold tolerant. In fact, many packages list these corms as hardy down to as low as zone 5. That means, in my garden, I’ll be attempting to grow these beautiful low growing flowers without any cover or protection from the cold. So exciting!
This fall, I ordered a mixed bag of anemone blanda from Longfield Gardens. To get them growing, I’m basically going to treat them exactly in the same manner as other anemones. First, I’ll soak them in water for about 4-6 hours.
You’ll notice that these corms are quite a bit smaller than anemone coronaria corms. I’m really interested to see the growth habit of these plants. Something makes me think that I would need to plant large masses of corms to get the desired landscape look that I want. Maybe that’s something I can do in the future if all goes well.
After the corms were allowed to soak, I removed them from the water and placed them into a seed starting tray filled with potting mix. You’ll notice that the spacing is rather close, but that should be fine – I’ll be transplanting them as soon as they begin to grow. Next, I gently covered the corms with soil and put the tray outside to begin to grow. Here in my garden, the beginning of October offers the perfect weather to begin growth. Ideally, temperatures should be between 60-70F during the day and 40-50F at night.
Have you ever grown anemone blanda? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below! Hope you’re having a wonderful day!