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How to Grow Lychnis


Position – Full sun or part shade

Soil – Well-drained

Flowering Period – Spring summer and autumn

Hardiness –  Fully hardy

About Lychnis

Lychnis are biennial or perennial plants with modest tubular leaves that are held on stately stems, showcasing beautiful star-shaped flowers that are displayed in terminal clusters. They are easy to grow and will put on an enviable display throughout summer into autumn. They are best suited to flower beds and borders within a cottage, informal or wildflower garden. You should expect to see Lychnis grow to an approximate height of 35cm (14”) and a spread of 45cm (18”).

How to plant Lychnis

Lychnis are best planted in well-drained soil of loam, clay and sand within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. Amend the planting area with plenty of organic matter and mix thoroughly. Dig a hole that is the same depth and width as the root ball and gently place into position. Companion plants should be spaced 38-45cm (15-18”) apart to provide extra room to spread and grow. They are best positioned in an area of full sun where they should be watered on a regular basis, although a position of part shade is also tolerable.

How to care for Lychnis

Apply a generous layer of mulch around the base of your plant during the summer as this will retain moisture levels whilst deterring weeds. Deadhead Lychnis after the flowering period as this will prolong and encourage further growth for the following season. Cut your plant right down in the autumn time as this will also aid in a healthy regrowth.

How to propagate Lychnis

It is possible to propagate Lychnis by seed, division or by basal cuttings. As Lychnis are relatively short lived, it is recommended that they are divided every 2-3 years during the spring.

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