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How to Grow Actaea


Position – Full or partial shade

Soil – Moist but well-drained

Flowering Period –Summer and autumn

Hardiness –  Fully hardy

  Where to plant

Where to plant Actaea


Actaea are best planted in a moist, well-drained soil of loam or clay within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. They are best positioned in full sun or part shade and are a great addition under a conifer, if watered regularly in drier weather conditions. Actaea look fantastic plants on a sloped bank, in a wildlife garden or in a wall side border.

Find out more about soil types and how to determine your soil type by clicking here

  How to plant

How to plant Actaea


Amend the planting area with plenty or organic matter and mix thoroughly to help with drainage whilst improving overall growing conditions. Ensure the hole is deep and wide enough to accommodate the size of your plant. Water thoroughly after planting to settle into place. Please take care when handling Actaea as the seed pods are highly toxic if ingested into your system.


  How to care for

How to care for Actaea


Water well during periods of dry weather and regularly throughout active growth, taking care not to overwater. Enrich your soil with plenty of organic matter whilst in flower as this will promote more blooming. Due to their long and spiny stems, it is recommended that Actaea are supported with ring stakes before the flowering period. Once the season is over, cut back to encourage continued health and growth.

  How to propagate

How to propagate Actaea


It is possible to propagate Actaea by division in spring. Alternatively, by seed sown in pots during autumn.

You can find more information on how to propagate plants by clicking here


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