How To Grow Angelica Plant

Angelic plant is a beautiful plant that attracts attention in the garden because of its imposing nature. Angelic plant has individual purple flowers that are quite small and they bloom in large clusters similar to Queen Anne’s lace, creating a striking display. Propagating these plants is a great way to enjoy them in the garden. The plant is best grown in groups with other large plants. Angelic plant combines well with ornamental grasses, large dahlias, and giant alliums. If you want to propagate angelica you should be aware that growing the cuttings is difficult because the stems usually fail to root. Instead you can easily start the new plants from the angelica seeds or divisions of 2 or 3 year old plants. The plants bloom every other year, so you can plant the angelica in 2 consecutive years for a constant supply of flowers.

Starting Angelica Plant Seeds

The angelica plant seeds grow best when they are planted as soon as they mature. When they are nearly ripe, fasten a paper bag over the flower head in other to catch the seeds before they fall to the ground. Make sure you use peat or fiber pots so that you won’t have to disturb the sensitive roots when you are transplanting the seedlings into the garden. Press the angelica seeds gently onto the surface of the soil. The seeds need light to germinate, which means you don’t have to cover them with soil. Place the pots in a bright location with temperatures between sixty and sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit and also keep the soil moist. If you are actually propagating angelica plants from dried seeds, the seeds will need some special treatment. You can sow several seeds on the surface of each peat pot. The seeds have a low germination rate and using several seeds in each pot will help to insure that the seedlings will germinate. After sowing the angelica seeds, you need to place the peat pots in a plastic bag and refrigerate them for about 2 to 3 weeks. Once you bring them out of the refrigerator, treat them as you would fresh seeds. If more than one seedling germinates in a pot you can carefully clip out the weakest seedlings with scissors.

Propagating Angelica from Divisions

Divide the angelica plants when they are about 2 or 3 years old. You can cut the plants back to about a foot (31 cm.) from the ground to make them easy to handle. Drive a sharp spade into the center of the angelica plant or lift the entire angelica plant and divide the roots with a sharp knife. Replant the divisions without delay, spacing them eighteen to twenty-four inches apart. An easier method of angelica propagation is to allow the angelica plants to self-seed. If you have mulched around the angelica plant, pull the mulch back so that the angelica seeds that fall will come in direct contact with the soil. You can leave the spent flower heads on the angelica plant so that the seeds can mature. If the growing conditions are perfect, the angelica seeds will germinate in spring. Now that you have actually known how to propagate angelica, you can continue to enjoy the plants each year.   

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