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Growing Yarrow from Seed

Growing Yarrow from Seed

Mary Smith |

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) Is a perennial herb often grown for it's medicinal properties.  Some consider it a weed.  Some gardeners grow Yarrow to attract pollinators.

From Mary's Heirloom Seeds:

Grows 2 to 4 feet tall. Beautiful when used as a dried flower. When young and tender, the fresh early spring leaves of Yarrow can be finely chopped and added to salads, soups, meat dishes, stir-fry and cooked beans. 
Also popular as an herb; used for colds, fevers, and for healing wounds

Yarrow is drought tolerant and can grow in both hot and humid climates.


From seed, Yarrow usually germinates in 14 to 21 days. Sow in containers or 6 cell germination trays for best results.  Lightly cover seeds and keep soil warm.  You can speed up germination by covering seed trays with a clear lid to maintain heat and moisture.

Tor transplant:

Plant in spring, spacing plants 1 to 2 feet apart. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. (compost is optional with yarrow)

Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.

Yarrow grows until freezing conditions set in. Plant hardiness zones 3-9.

The leaves, flowers and root can be used for medicinal recipes.  Yarrow is a fantastic addition to any herb garden!

If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask!



Can new seeds planted endure a frost?
In PA we ofrten get a frost or to around (Memorial Day).
Can I put the seeds out earlier than that, like the first of May or so
Also, what about the practice of placinfg the seed in the fridge in a wet paper towel?

Ronald W Carney,

Love to garden !!
betty L. parsons,

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