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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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Candytuft Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/16”
Seed Spacing:2”-3”
Plant Spacing:12”
Days to Germination:7-20 days
Germination Temperature:70°-75°F

Iberis umbellata. Candytuft is a beloved old-fashioned, fragrant, drought-tolerant annual. From late spring through fall, our Fairy Mixture flaunts flat-topped clusters of blooms in purple, lilac, rose and white on dwarf, dense, mounding plants. Bees and butterflies love it, but deer do not. Seeds are best direct-sown after the last spring frost date, but to get a head start on flowers, they may be started indoors 6 to 8 weeks earlier. The seeds require light to germinate, so scatter them on top of the soil, press them in firmly, and cover them with no more than a sixteenth-inch dusting of soil. When seedlings emerge, thin to 12” apart. Indoors, sow seeds in individual peat pots, as the plants form small tap roots that are sensitive to transplanting. Trimming back plants after flowering will encourage additional blooms. Summer flowering. Height: 6” to 12”.
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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