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Goldenrods, Solidago Have One Of The Fastest Perennial Growth Rates
The Solidago, otherwise commonly known as goldenrod, is a genus of about a hundred and twenty species of flowering perennials in the aster family, Asteraceae. Primarily found in open areas such as meadows, prairies, and savannas, they are mainly native to North America, including Mexico, with some species native to South America and Eurasia. Tall and slim with fluffy golden flower spikes, they stand out when in bloom during the late summer to fall, and they have rapid growth and spread rate, reaching full size in just a couple of months. Mature goldenrods spread via re-seeding and underground rhizomes, outpacing other garden plants.
Goldenrods, Solidago Are Not Just Low-Maintenance Plants But Are Also Pollinators’ Favorites
The goldenrod is a favorite for butterflies, making it the top addition to any butterfly garden; it also attracts many other insects, including bees. Goldenrods require very little maintenance, with only rare instances of pest or disease problems, and they tolerate a wide variety of growing conditions. If you are into the taller varieties, you could try pruning them back in the early summer to promote bushier and more compact growth and to avoid them from flopping. While it is relatively little to no maintenance involved in caring for them, most of it goes into controlling the goldenrod population in your garden. One solution is to grow your plants in containers or in a garden bed with borders to contain the underground spread; another solution is to transplant your plants at least every two to three years, so it does not fully establish its roots yet. Cutting off spent flower heads promptly can stop them from spreading their seeds if you do not want new plants to pop up out of nowhere; otherwise, you can utilize the flower beds as a food source for wildlife.
Tips In Caring For Your Goldenrod In planting your goldenrods, they are not too picky about the soil quality, as long as good drainage is present, and it can even tolerate sandy, rocky, and clay soils. They may, however, require weekly watering to maintain moderately moist soil. Still, overall, goldenrods have a good drought tolerance and rarely need supplemental watering unless rainfalls do not occur for long-winded periods. Goldenrods can survive in various temperatures, and it does not have specific humidity requirements. While they are not widely available as seedlings, you can cover areas with moist soil where you want the goldenrod to sprout and let the area dry out between watering intervals. Finally, fertilizing goldenrod soil is not necessary as plants can grow in lean soil conditions.