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Phlox--Garden Phlox, Hardy Phlox

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     The many varieties of phlox reach a height of from 1 to

4 feet and bear salmon, pink, magenta, white, red or  purple

flowers.   They  prefer a fertile well-drained soil  with  a

constant  supply  of moisture.  Wide spacings  help  control

disease problems and maintain maximum flower size.  Full sun

is  preferred but light shade is acceptable.  Cut  back  old

flower  stems to prolong the blooming period.   Self  seeded

volunteers  have inferior flower color.  Dieback  occurs  if

plants are not divided often enough.  Removal of weak shoots

enhances flowering on stronger shoots.                      

     Propagation  is  by seed, root cuttings,  division  and

softwood  cuttings.  The seed germinates in 3 to 4 weeks  at

70  degrees  but  needs darkness.  Seed  sown  in  the  fall

germinate  the following year.  Collected seed  may  produce

off types.  Root cuttings be are obtained by digging up  the

clump in fall and removing large roots to within 2 inches of

the  crown.  Cut them into 2 inch lengths and place  them  a

half inch deep in sandy soil.  Division may be done in  fall

or in early spring before growth starts.  Softwood  cuttings

may be taken from young shoots in spring or summer.         

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