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The delicate, silky petals of this anemone exquisitely enfold a commanding, dark center, creating a mesmerising fusion of subtlety and bold visual charisma. This captivating flower showcases a harmonious blend of soft, neutral hues in its petals, which elegantly transition towards the center.


The striking contrast between the delicate outer petals and the dark, commanding center forms a captivating and visually stunning composition, making this anemone an embodiment of understated elegance with an undeniable allure




Site: Full sun/Partial shade

Planting season: Fall/spring

Seed prep: presoak

Planting depth: 2-3"

Plante spacing: 10-12"

Hardiness: Zones 6-10

Bulb size : 3/4

Bulbs per order : 10


How to grow:


When to Plant Anemones 


Gardeners in zones 7 and warmer can plant anemone corms in the fall. However, gardeners in zones 6 and colder should plant anemones in the late winter or very early spring.  Ideally, they should be planted at the same time as your hardy annuals such as nigella and larkspur. For a late winter planting, begin the soaking and pre-sprouting process approximately 8 weeks before your last expected frost. This way, the pre-sprouted corms will be ready to transplant into the garden 6 weeks before the last frost.


Step 1: Soak Anemone Corms 


Anemone corms are shipped in a dry and dormant state and may be stored this way for many months. It’s best to purchase corms in the fall so you can wake them up at the proper time for your location. Here in zone 6b, I purchase fall corms and store them in my basement until February. Storage conditions should be dark, dry, and roughly room temperature.

Start by soaking the dry anemone corms in a bucket of room temperature water for 4 hours. Change the water once every hour to keep it fresh. Alternatively, you can allow a constant gentle stream of water to run into the bucket. After 4 hours you’ll notice that the corms have expanded slightly in size. They will still look wrinkly and will not expand as much as ranunculus corms. This is normal.   


Step 2: Pre-Sprout Anemone Corms  

Soaking anemone corms before planting is necessary, but pre-sprouting them is optional. The corms will grow and bloom just fine if you plant them immediately after soaking. Pre-sprouting gives the plants a jump start on the growing season. Similar to starting seeds indoors vs. direct seeding them into the garden.


To pre-sprout anemone corms, fill a watertight, flat bottom tray with 2 inches of lightly moistened, high quality potting soil. Place the soaked corms onto the soil with the pointy side down. (If you can’t decide which part of the corm is pointy, don’t worry about it.) Cover the corms with an inch of lightly moistened potting soil. You can place the corms closely together since they will only be in this tray for a few weeks. 

Place the tray in a cool, dark place for 2-3 weeks. The ideal temperature for pre-sprouting is about 50°F. An unheated basement or cool closet usually works well. 

Keep the soil slightly moist and check the corms often. Immediately discard any that are rotten or moldy.


Mold and rot occur when the environment is too humid or the soil is too wet. If the corms fail to develop roots after 2-3 weeks, the soil is likely too dry, or the area is too hot.  

Within 2-3 weeks, the corms should have developed roots and small white shoots. This is when they should be planted out into the garden.



Italian Anemone MISTRAL PLUS-PANDA corms

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