Planting Instructions for Cinquefoil Flower Seeds

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Cinquefoil Planting and Care Guide

Quick Facts About Cinquefoil

Cinquefoil plants are long lasting perennials that add color and charm to beds, borders, and cottage gardens. They are low maintenance and attract pollinators to the garden. Cinquefoil plants are typically deer resistant.

Planting Time

Start Cinquefoil seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks prior to the end of frost season. Prior to sowing, give the seeds a cold treatment.

Planting Location

Cinquefoil plants prefer full sun to partial shade. The soil can be lean, but it must drain well.

How to Plant Cinquefoil

  • Cinquefoil seeds benefit from a cold period - place some damp soil in a ziploc bag, add the seeds into the soil and place this ziploc bag in the refrigerator for 30 days or more
  • After the cold treatment, fill trays with moist soil
  • The seeds need light for germination, so press the seeds into the soil but do not cover them
  • Keep the seeds warm and moist
  • Once seedlings appear, place the trays under grow lights for continued growing
  • Cinquefoil plants, in general, are slow to establish from seeds - it will take 2 seasons to produce blooms
  • Harden off the young plants for 7 - 10 days prior to transplanting 
  • The plants can be left in growing pots for the entire first season and then transplanted the end of summer/first of fall - always allow 30 days for transplants to adjust to their new soil and location prior to cold night time temperatures

Care And Maintenance

  • Keep the plants in moist soil - especially the first year
  • Once the plants are established, they are fairly drought tolerant
  • Loosely mulch around the base of the plant to help suppress weeds and retain moisture 
  • Deadhead to encourage more blooms
  • Lightly prune at the end of each season to neaten the appearance
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