Western Yarrow is an easy to grow flower that will provide a habitat for beneficial insects and butterflies. Dusty white blooms can be used fresh or dried. Seeds are very small and should be sown on the surface of the soil as they need light for germination.
Seed pack contents: .25G Sows about 200’ row
Botanical name: Achillea millefolium
Planting by Zones
- Plant in spring for blooms until late fall.
- Start 8-10 weeks before the last frost indoors. Transplant out after the danger of frost is gone.
Planting Yarrow Seeds
- Yarrow seed is very small and light. For this reason, we recommend that you transplant them into the garden after you start them in starter pots. Place the seed on top of quality seed starting soil. You do not need to cover them with soil, as they need light for germination. Mist gently to water in the seeds. Do not water with a heavy spray as this will cover the seeds with displaced soil. If direct sowing is desired, plant in an irrigated place in the garden or before seasonal rain in zones 9 and 10. Follow the same planting instructions as if you were planting them in starter pots or trays.
- Yarrow prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Once yarrow is established, you will find that it is easy to grow and care for.
Growing Yarrow in Containers
- If you are planting yarrow in containers, make sure your container is at least 10” deep. The larger the container, the more blooms you will get from your yarrow. Keep in mind containers will dry out faster because they have more surface area and less soil to hold onto moisture.
Harvesting Yarrow Flowers
- Yarrow has beautiful colorful blooms that hold well in flower arrangements. Yarrow also has medicinal values. You can harvest these dusty white blooms when the pollen is visible on the flowers. The flowers also dry well and last for extended periods of time.
Southern California Pro-tips
- In zones 9 and 10, Yarrow will grow happily from early spring until late fall.
- Mulch heavily to ensure the soil stays cool and well-watered.
- DO NOT overhead water as this promotes disease.
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