2-3 Litre Pot
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Position: Full sun
- Soil: Moist, well drained
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Flowering Period: May – August
- Hardiness: H7
- Eventual Height: 0.5 – 1m
- Eventual Spread: 0.5 – 1m
Achillea Red Velvet, also known as ‘Yarrow Red Velvet’ and a holder of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit is a vigorous mat forming perennial with divided leaves and leafy stems. Clusters of flattened deep red flowers appear from May through to August. Achilleas will attract a wide variety of beneficial insects, including bees and butterflies.
How to care for your Achillea Red Velvet
- Soil and Water Requirements: Prefers well-draining soil that is not too fertile. Avoid water logging the soil, which can cause root rot. Water the plant deeply and infrequently, about once a week or when the soil becomes dry to the touch.
- Sunlight Requirements: Requires full sun to thrive, which means it needs at least six hours of direct sunlight every day.
- Pruning and Deadheading: Deadheading, or removing the spent flowers, will encourage your plant to produce more blooms. Prune the plant back in early Spring to encourage fresh growth. Cut back the spent flower stalks to the base of the plant after flowering to encourage a second flush of blooms.
- Fertilising: Does not require much fertiliser. Apply a balanced fertiliser in early Spring if needed.
- Dividing: Over time it may become too large and require dividing. This is best done in early Spring or Autumn. Dig up the plant and gently separate the root ball into smaller sections, replanting them in new locations.
- Winter Care: In colder climates it may die back to the ground in Winter. You can leave the dead foliage in place to protect the roots from freezing temperatures, or cut it back to the ground if desired.
By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your Achillea Red Velvet thrives and produces beautiful, deep pink blooms year after year.