Outdoor Garden Horsetail Plants
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) may not be favored by all, but to some this plant is treasured. Horsetail herb uses are plentiful and caring for horsetail plants in the herb garden is easy, provided you keep it from jumping ship and overtaking other areas of the garden. Horsetail herb plants growing isn’t difficult if you provide the right conditions. Horsetail is fond of wet or boggy areas and thrives in poor soil, making it a perfect choice for areas in the landscape where other plants fail to thrive. Because it tends to spread rapidly, it’s best to give horsetail plenty of room to spread. The plants can also be kept in bounds by sinking them in bottomless containers. In fact, if you have limited space, you can grow horsetail in a container. Plants prefer a half day of sun and high heat and humidity. If you live in USDA plant hardiness zones 7 – 10, horsetail is easy to grow.
It’s best to start plants from seed six weeks before the last frost and transplant outside in early spring. Caring for horsetail is easy once planted. Soil should remain wet at all times. If you are growing in a container, keep an eye on moisture levels and water accordingly. Keep old stems pruned for best performance.