This particular flower known as yarrow plant (Achillea millefolium) is an herbaceous flowering perennial. If you like you can grow it in your flower beds or in your herb garden, this plant will really be a lovely addition to your yard. The plant care is so easy that it is almost care-free. Below are the simple ways on how to plant yarrow and also tips on how to care for it.

Steps on how to plant Yarrow

This plant is most often propagated by division, you need to buy your yarrow as a plant. Make sure you space the plants twelve to twenty-four inches apart if you’re planting more than one yarrow plant. Also you can also start the yarrow herb from seed. Make sure you start the seeds indoors about 6 to 8 weeks before your last frost date. Try and sow the seeds in moist, normal potting soil. Ensure that the seeds are barely covered by the potting soil. Make sure you place the pot with the yarrow seeds in a sunny and warm location. Under normal condition the seeds should germinate in 14 to 21 days, although it depends on the conditions. You can also speed up the germination by covering the top of the pot with a good plastic wrap to keep in moisture and heat. Make sure you remove the plastic wrap once the seeds have sprouted. Whether your yarrow plants are grown from seed or bought as full plants, make sure you plant them in full sun. Yarrow plants thrive in a wide variety of soils but they really do best in well drained soil. This plant can still grow in very poor dry soils with low fertility soil. You also need to apply caution when growing yarrow, as in the right conditions, it can really become invasive and will then be in need of control.

How to care for yarrow plant

After planting the yarrow, it does not need much care. The Yarrow plant doesn’t need to be fertilized, it only need to be watered during the time of severe drought. The reason why yarrow plant actually needs little care is because it is susceptible to a few diseases and pests. Yarrow plants are sometimes affected by either botrytis mold or powdery mildew. It will appear as a white powdery covering on the leaves. They can actually be treated with a fungicide. Sometimes yarrow plants are affected by spittlebugs.

How to use yarrow herb

This particular plant has many uses as an herb. Yarrow plants is commonly used as a medicinal herb that can treat the bleeding of minor wounds, reducing fever or to help with relaxing, swollen or cramping muscles. Yarrow herb is like any other medicinal herb that should not be taken without first consulting a physician. Apart from the medicinal side of Yarrow herb, this plant is an astringent and it makes a good facial wash or shampoo. Apart from growing yarrow as a decorative plant or an herb, the plant can also add beauty to your garden.

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