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What are the best conditions for achillea?

West Sussex, United Kingdom Gb

I have 2 of these plants but they never look really happy. I have heavy clay soil which is about neutral. What can I do to help them for next year?



Just looked this up - says they like well drained soil in sun, and it looks like they prefer neutral, and in some varieties, alkaline, soil, though that seems to apply to the rockery species rather than the taller ones.

24 Sep, 2009


I am surprised that they aren't thriving - they aren't fussy plants. Do they get enough water?

24 Sep, 2009


Yes, they 'do' prefer well drained soil.

(mine are half starved and are doing fine!)

24 Sep, 2009


In my heavy clay, the 'Terracotta' series grew too well and ended up flopping all over the place!

Poor, well drained soil in full sun is preferred but if you prepare the soil beforehand with some horti grit, should be fine.

24 Sep, 2009


Well, from these replies I think they might not have had enough water or sun. I will move them and apply plenty of grit! Thank you all very much.

25 Sep, 2009

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