As a gardener if you’re actually looking for a big, bright, easy-to-care-for flowering plant that’s a little off the beaten path, kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate is actually an excellent choice for you. Just continue reading to learn more on how to grow kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate.

Kiss me over the garden gate which is also known as Polygonum orientale or Persicaria orientale used to be very popular in the United State. The Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate is originally from China, it was a particular favorite of Thomas Jefferson. As time went on and as the popularity of compact, easily transplanted flowers begin to grew, the kiss me over the garden gate flower actually fell out of favor. Currently it’s making a comeback now, as many gardeners are learning about the benefits of the flower.  


Kiss-Me-Over-the-Garden-Gate Information

Actually the Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate is a very fast-growing annual that self-seeds in the fall. Once you have planted it, you are likely to have the flower in that spot for years to come. While the plant can grow up to about seven feet tall and four feet wide, it rarely, if ever, needs to be staked. The kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate flower blooms in three inch long spiky clusters that hang pendulously in shades of red to white to magenta.


Kiss-Me-Over-the-Garden-Gate Care

The Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate Care is actually very simple. The plant grows fast and transplants poorly, so you won’t find seedlings in the store. The plant seeds actually need to be chilled before they germinate, so store them in the fridge for a few weeks beforehand in the spring or you can sow them directly in the ground if you acquire them in the fall. You can sow them by pressing the seeds lightly into the soil in a place that receives full sun. Once the seedlings have sprouted, thin them to one every eighteen inches. In about 100 days, you should have blooms that continue to the fall frost. Growing the kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate flowers has very few pest problems. The only real danger of the plant comes from Japanese beetles, which may be drawn to the plant leaves. If you notice that some of the plant leaves are skeletonized, you can easily place traps and lures around the outside of your property to guide them away from the kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate plants.

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