Turtlehead plants are some of the most beautiful flowers in existence.
They grow best in dry, sunny areas and they come in a variety of colors from yellow to orange to red. Turtleheads have been used for medicinal purposes by Native Americans for centuries as well as decorative purposes. They make excellent cut flowers and will bloom throughout the summer months if planted correctly. In this article, we’ll take a look at how you can care for your turtlehead plant properly so that it thrives and stays healthy year-round.
Choose the right location
The first step in caring for your turtlehead plant is to choose the right location. They grow best in sunny areas with well-drained soil. If you live in a hot climate, you’ll need to provide your plant with some shade during the hottest part of the day. Once you’ve chosen a spot for your plant, it’s time to start preparing the soil. Turtlehead plants prefer soil that is high in organic matter and low in infertility. You can either create your own soil mix or purchase a pre-made mix from your local garden center.
How to plant the turtlehead
Once you’ve prepared the soil, it’s time to plant your turtlehead. Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the turtlehead’s root ball. Carefully remove your turtlehead plant from its container and place it in the hole. Backfill the hole with soil, tamping it down firmly around the root ball to ensure that it is secure. Turtleheads grow best when they are planted about a foot apart so be sure not to overcrowd them when you’re planting several plants at once.
Lightly water each of your newly planted turtleheads and keep an eye on them over the next couple of weeks. Make sure the soil never dries out completely or becomes too soggy either. Monitor your turtleheads’ growth and adjust their watering schedule accordingly if needed.
Some facts about the turtlehead plant
Now that you know how to care for your turtlehead plant properly, let’s take a look at some useful turtlehead plant facts. Turtleheads are an excellent choice for attracting butterflies to your garden because they are pollinated by them. They also benefit bees in much the same way.
Turtleheads are edible flowers that are often used in salads or as a garnish with other foods. You can freeze them with water inside of ice cubes trays and use them in any summertime drink instead of flowers that have no taste. If you eat too many, however, they may have a laxative effect on you so be sure not to overindulge. Turtlehead plants contain saponins which act like soap when mixed with water. Native Americans used this saponin-rich plant extract for washing their hair. If you simmer a turtlehead plant in water, you can also make shampoo from the extract.
Another useful fact about turtleheads is that they are deer-resistant plants. This is because the deer hate their smell and will not eat them. Turtleheads are an easy-to-grow perennial that is hardy throughout USDA zones 3 to 9. In warmer climates, they look best when planted in mass quantities for maximum impact.
The next time you’re looking for beautiful flowers that come in a variety of colors and attract pollinators to your garden, consider growing some turtleheads!