Baptisia – Decadence® Dark Chocolate

Garden Height
36 - 42
36 - 36
36 - 36
Container Role
Flower Size
Flower Colors
Black, Purple
Light Level
Part Sun to Sun
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Attracts: Bees, Butterflies

Resists: Deer

Dead-Heading Not Necessary

Drought Tolerant

Native to North America

Fall Interest

Maintenance Notes
Grows best in full sun and average to poor, well-drained soil. Moderately drought tolerant once established. Very long-lived perennial.

Maintenance Category Easy

Water Category Average

Bloom Time

Flower Form Landscape

Soil Fertility Poor Soil

Soil PH Category Neutral Soil

pH B - pH 5.8 - 6.2, C - pH 6.0 - 6.5

EC (2:1 Extraction Method) 1 - 1.3

Fertilization 100 - 150

Light Requirements High

Water Requirements Dry to Moderate

Rooting Out Temperature 55 - 60° Fahrenheit

Growing On Temperature 55 - 60° Fahrenheit

Planting and Timing Information

Late Spring Finish. 1 ppp.

Pinching and Growth Regulators

Do not pinch. Pinching can remove emerging flowers. Growth regulators may be helpful under low light conditions, however, under high light and good air movement growth regulators may not be necessary. Baptisia are vigorous growers coming out of dormancy and can become overgrown quickly, early in the crop cycle. Monitor growth carefully. Drenching the plants with 6-10 ppm Bonzi when they are 6 inches tall will effectively control plant height. Drench rates will vary widely on bark based soil mixes versus peat based soil mixes. Spray applications at 30-45 ppm Bonzi are also effective, but will require multiple applications.

Pest and Disease Management

Baptisia have few pest and disease issues. General pest and disease practices as listed in the notes.

Grower Tips

-For optimum plant quality ensure high light levels and good air circulation.

-Finishing plants under cool temperatures will help control height and will intensify flower color, but may increase crop time.

-Large bare root plants will be provided and plants should bloom that same spring.

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