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How to Grow Carex


Position – Full sun or part shade

Soil – Poorly-drained

Flowering Period – Foliage throughout spring, summer and autumn

Hardiness –  Fully hardy

About Carex

Carex are deciduous or evergreen perennials with slender, linear and strap-shaped leaves that display spikes of green or brown flowers throughout spring, summer and autumn. Grown primarily for their foliage, Carex provide sought-after texture and movement within flower beds, borders and containers and will even make a fine addition to a cut flower arrangement. You should expect to see Carex grow to an approximate height and spread of between 30cm-1m (12-40”).

How to plant Carex

Carex are best planted in poorly-drained soil of loam or clay within a neutral, acidic or alkaline PH balance. They are best positioned in an area of full sun or part shade. They best succeed in moisture retentive soil which make them the perfect addition near a bog or pond. Dig a hole that is the same depth and twice the width of your plant, spreading the roots out before settling into place. Space companion plants 30cm-1m (12-40”) apart to allow room for plants to spread as they mature. After planting, water thoroughly and deeply.

How to care for Carex

Leave deciduous foliage and flowers over winter to provide interest in the garden when most other plants lay dormant. Cut back leaves before new growth appears during the spring. Take care when cutting back so that you do not effect new growth. You can prune to about an inch above the soil level, leaving a hairy tuft where new growth can emerge. Evergreen varieties do not require hard pruning. Instead, remove spent flowerheads and remove old, dead or damaged leaves. Water Carex moderately throughout active growth, keeping the soil moist.

How to propagate Carex

It is possible to propagate Carex by division.

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