Sweet

Alyssum Seed

$3.00


The Sweet Alyssum produces hundreds of tiny, snow-white flowers on spikes with a fragrance just like honey, making it a beautiful addition to any garden! The 18″ tall plants can be tucked at the edge of borders, or along walks. The small, compact size of the Sweet Alyssum makes it excellent for window boxes or in pots — anywhere its sweet scent may be savored! This variety is also great for attracting beneficial insects, like butterflies and bees.

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Learning Download: How to Grow Alyssum

Alyssum, or Sweet Alyssum, is a very popular flower to include when planning out your flower beds. Alyssum is an annual and usually grows on low-lying stems. A major benefit to growing Alyssum is that the flowers do a great job at attracting birds, bees and butterflies to the garden.

Before Planting: Alyssum grows best in well-drained humis-like soil that holds moisture well. Alyssum can be started indoors 8 to 10 weeks before transplanting outside.

Planting: Sprinkle the seeds over the area of your garden in which you want the flowers to grow. This allows the flowers to grow close together and create a carpet-like effect.

Watering: Be sure to keep the plants watered well, because hot spells can damage it.

Fertilizer: Alyssum does best when it is fertilized after you cut it back by one third in the middle of the summer. Fertilize it with a balanced fertilizer cut with water, and the flowers will continue to bloom into the late summer.

Days to Maturity: Alyssum typically blooms from June through October, but can continue to grow all year long depending on climate.

Harvesting: Although Alyssum will self-sow itself, its self-sown seeds don’t produce as well as the fresh seeds do, so it is encouraged to remove these form the garden and start with new seeds each year.

Tips: In the middle of the summer, cut the plant back by a third. This encourages new growth.

 

 

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