How to Grow Phlox (Victoria Perennial)

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A Texas Superstar Plant

victoria-phloxHardy perennial with showy clusters of magenta pink blossoms. Lighter green foliage, more open growth habit tolerates heat, drought and powdery mildew.
Phlox plants are an old fashioned annual flower, that deserves more recognition than it gets. The large clusters of flowers are very showy on compact plants. Compact is an understatement, as these plants grow only 6-18 inches tall. The most common Phlox are annuals. There are also perennial varieties that grow to 3 feet tall.  For a complete list of Phlox Species click here.

Growing Phlox

How to grow Phlox? Phlox are grown from seeds. Phlox seeds can be directly seeded into your flower garden or seeded indoors for transplanting later. For spring blooms, start indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost. Young seedlings will transplant well into their permanent home. Sow Phlox seeds early in the season and cover lightly with 1/8″ of fine garden or potting soil. Water thoroughly once.

Plants can also be propagated by division. Divide and replant clumps of Phlox right after the blooming period,or in early fall. Transplant Phlox into your garden after the last frost date for your area. Space them 8-10″ apart. They will tolerate a little crowding. They will look great filling in a flowerbed, or as a border edging. Phlox make good cut flowers, and are great in containers or window boxes. A native of North America, the jewel-like flowers grow in clusters at the top of the stems. They prefer rich, loose soil that drains well. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.

Once your Phlox plants are established, they should grow well with few problems. Keep the soil moist to slightly dry. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Keep them well weeded, or apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch for a tidy appearance. Pinch back tall stems to promote a bushier appearance.

Tip: Remove spent blooms to promote additional blooms and extend the blooming period all summer long, and right up to the first killing frost. This will also keep the appearance neat and beautiful through out your garden and landscape.  At New Landscaping Frisco we have the experience to keep your garden and landscape well maintained and healthy or Call us for a free quote

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