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Alyssum

Lobularia maritima, Sweet Alyssum. Easy to grow, this fragrant, hardy annual has dense, snow-white clusters of delicate flowers growing in mounds. Perfect for borders, rock gardens, containers and hanging baskets, this carefree heirloom has a rich aroma that is, quite frankly, a bit addictive. Alyssum may be started indoors five weeks before transplanting out, but it is easiest to direct sow it three to four weeks prior to the last spring frost date. To encourage flower production during the high heat of summer, give Sweet Alyssum a haircut once the blooms are spent so that it may bloom profusely until the first hard frost. Deer resistant. Hardy Annual. Summer-flowering. Height: 3" to 8".

Average seed life: 4 years.

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Alyssum Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:0”
Seed Spacing:1”-2”
Plant Spacing:4”-5”
Days to Germination:8-15 days
Germination Temperature:60°-70°F

Lobularia maritima, Sweet Alyssum. This fragrant, hardy annual has delicate, dense clusters of tiny flowers growing in mounds. Alyssum may be started indoors 5 weeks before transplanting out, but it is easiest to direct sow 3 to 4 weeks prior to the last frost date. Sow seeds on top of the soil, leaving the seeds uncovered but pressed firmly onto the soil surface, as light is needed for germination. Provide even moisture and strong light during germination. Thin or carefully transplant the seedlings 4" to 5" apart once they are large enough to handle. Perfect for borders, rockgardens, containers and hanging baskets, this heirloom thrives in full to partial sunlight and in most types of soil. It prefers to be kept moist, but will tolerate drought and heat. It will likely bloom until the first hard frost. To encourage flower production, give them a haircut once the blooms are spent. Height: 3" to 8".

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