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Alyssum (Lobularia maritima) produce long lasting masses of tiny pink, white, violet and cream blooms. These beautiful flowers are easy to grow, are ideal as a border, ground cover, hanging baskets or in pots. Their lovely scent is a favourite amongst cottage gardeners and they are great to beneficial insects and bees into the garden.


How to grow alyssum in a garden

  1. Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Scatter seed thinly, cover, firm down and water well. Keep the soil moist so the seeds don’t dry out. 
  2. While the seedlings are growing, choose a spot in the garden that receives full sun to part shade and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  3. Water gently and keep moist through germination period.
  4. Allow the seedlings to grow to at least 4 cm before transplanting.
  5. When transplanting them into your prepared garden bed, ensure seedlings are well spaced – at least 7 to 10cm apart. Water in well.
  6. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as bark chips, sugar cane or pea straw keeping it away from the base of the plants.
  7. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food.

     
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How to grow alyssum in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 200mm wide and deep. Position in full sun to part shade.
  2. Fill the chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter
  3. Plant directly into the pot by pressing the seeds lightly into the surface of the pot, lightly cover and firm down.
  4. Water gently and keep moist through germination period.
  5. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food.

Growing tips

  • Germination is faster and more uniform if seed is only barely covered.
  • For a real cottage look in your garden, scatter the seeds around the garden bed in various locations and water in well.

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