Baptisia – Decadence® Dark Chocolate
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies
Dead-Heading Not Necessary
Native to North America
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
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.
-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.