YARROW CARE: GROWING YARNS FROM SEEDS
Growing yarrow from seeds is not easy, but it’s possible. You need to have good soil and plenty of sunlight. If you are interested in growing yarrow from seed, then you must understand that germination rate of yarrow seeds is very low (less than 1%).
However, if you grow yarrow from seed, then your chances of getting a crop of yarrow are much higher.
The main reason why growing yarrow from seeds is so difficult is because there are many factors which affect germination rate. For example, temperature plays an important role when it comes to germination rate. Another factor that affects germination rate is the type of soil you use.
Some types of soil produce better crops than others. Soil pH also plays an important role in germination rate. Finally, the time of year you grow yarrow from seed also influences germination rate.
You may wonder how does one go about growing yarrow from seeds?
There are several ways to do it. One way is to buy seedlings or clones of yarrow plants and transplant them into your garden. There are several online sources that sell yarrow plants. However, if you want to get really serious and if you have the time, patience, and ambition, then growing yarrow from seeds might be a good option for you. You can easily grow yarrow from seeds if you follow the tips mentioned below.
Seeds or Clones?
The first step is to decide whether you want to grow yarrow from seeds or buy cloned yarrow plants. Growing yarrow from seeds is cheaper and easier, but the downside is that it takes a long time. You also need to plan ahead as the entire process may take up to 2 years before you can harvest your first crop. On the other hand, buying cloned yarrow plants will allow you to harvest your first crop in just a few months, but it’s also more expensive
If you are interested in growing yarrow from seeds, then you need to acquire the seeds first. The process is very simple. Just go to the nearest garden store, nursery, or even online sources that sell seeds and buy some yarrow seeds.
It doesn’t really matter what kind of seeds you buy as long as they belong to the Achillea Millefolium species.
If you want to grow yarrow from seeds quickly, then you should start harvesting the seeds as soon as the flowers start to bloom. You can do this by gently pulling the flowers off the stem. Spread the seeds out in a single layer on a piece of newspaper and leave them outside in partial sunlight.
Make sure to turn the newspaper over every couple of days so that the seeds get exposure to sunlight from all angles.
After a few days, you should see the seeds start to swell and grow. The good thing about growing yarrow from seeds is that it’s very easy to germinate the seeds. Simply place the seeds between two pieces of newspaper pages and gently rub them with the palm of your hand.
You may also use a sewing machine (without a needle) to gently roll the seeds against the newspaper. The idea here is to separate the pulp from the seed without damaging it.
After you are done rubbing, discard the pulp and place the seeds between two more pieces of newspaper, making sure that they are spread out in a single layer. Place the newspapers in a warm location with indirect sunlight (i.e.
a windowsill) and wait a few days until you start seeing some of the seeds start to sprout. You may also place the newspaper with the seeds inside a zip lock bag along with some water. The seeds will sprout faster if they are “wet.”
Once you see the seeds start to sprout, place them between two pieces of damp paper towels and place them in a zip lock bag. Place the bag in a cool location (i.e.
basement or garage) and leave it for a few weeks until the seedlings develop their second set of leaves. This is the time when you need to start taking extra special care of the seedlings because exposure to extreme cold or hot temperature will kill them.
Once the yarrow seedlings reach this stage, you can transplant them into your garden. Again, the best time to do this is in the fall when conditions outside are not as harsh. Make sure that you place the young plants at least 12 inches away from other plants so that they have enough room to grow.
Water them well after the transplant.
The other way of growing yarrow is to simply transplant an already growing yarrow plant from somewhere else. If you have a friend that has a yarrow plant, ask if you can dig up some of the roots and replant them in your garden. The advantage of this method is that you don’t need to bother with growing the plants from seeds.
Yarrow grows best in open areas with full sun and well-drained soil. It can grow in wet soil, but it tends to be attacked by fungal diseases if the soil is too wet. On the flip side, yarrow does not do well in dry soil conditions.
The plant tends to grow tall and on stalky stems so it might be a good idea to stake it if you are growing it indoors. It can reach a height of 1 to 3 feet tall and about a foot wide, so make sure that you have enough space for it!
When caring for the yarrow plant, make sure that you do not over-water it. Check the soil to see if it needs watering and only water it when the soil has dried out.
Yarrow can be prone to attacks by aphids and whiteflies, so keep an eye out for these pests and get rid of them as soon as possible before they spread to other plants!
Yarrow blooms from early to late summer and produces flat clusters of flowers that have a feathery appearance. The color varies but it is most commonly found in shades of yellow and white. The flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and hoverflies.
If you have trouble getting butterflies to visit your garden, yarrow might be the plant for you because it is sure to attract them!
Yarrow has been used since ancient times as a medicinal herb. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it as a medicinal herb and it was commonly found in ancient gardens. In some places it is still used for this purpose, especially in China where it is used to treat skin diseases such as eczema.
Propagating yarrow is fairly easy and can be accomplished by separating the rootstock from a mature plant and planting it in well-drained soil. It can also be propagated from seed, which can be collected when the flowers start to die. The seeds can be stored for future plantings.
Yarrow is quite a versatile herb and can be used in different ways. It can be made into a tea and drunk to help soothe the digestive system or produce milk flow in breastfeeding mothers. In some parts of the world, it is also used to help ease headaches, reduce fevers or act as a general painkiller.
The most common use of yarrow is for first aid – whether on yourself or others. The leaves can be chewed and placed directly onto a wound to help stop heavy bleeding. The leaves can also be applied directly to a wound mixed with a little water to help slow the bleeding.
The same process can be used for curing other ailments such as diarrhea, stomach pain and excessive menstruation. It is important to note that yarrow should not be used to stop heavy bleeding on severe wounds in the chest or head area. In these cases, seek professional medical attention immediately.
Yarrow is a very easy herb to care for, making it a great choice for beginner gardeners. It can be grown in containers if you have limited space and can be mixed with other herbs or flowers. It is deer-resistant and grows well in poor soil.
It can even help poor soil, as it acts as a fertilizer by releasing nutrients as it breaks down.
Yarrow is a plant worth having in any garden, especially if you like to go adventuring in the wilderness or have a tendency to cut yourself while cooking. It is a versatile herb that can be used in first aid, eaten or just used to add a beautiful touch to your garden.
Have you ever grown yarrow? What’s your favorite way to use it?
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Sources & references used in this article:
Ethnobotany and phytochemistry of yarrow,Achillea millefolium, compositae by RF Chandler, SN Hooper, MJ Harvey – Economic botany, 1982 – Springer
Decoding the new consumer mind: how and why we shop and buy by K Yarrow – 2014 – books.google.com
A study of the growth and development of yarrow (Achillea millefolium L.) by GW Bourdôt – 1980 – researcharchive.lincoln.ac.nz
Polyploidy and ecological adaptation in wild yarrow by J Yarrow – 2008 – Chronicle Books