Alyssum (Alyssum maritimum): Flowers

Alyssum was first originated in Southern Europe. It is genus of more than 100 species of flowering plants.Alysssum is a cool season flower.

Alyssum is very easy to grow from seed in winter season.

Flower characteristics:
Alyssum flowes are tiny cross shaped having four petals and tightly grouped.Alyssum colors include yellow and white, while a few species display pink, lavender, violet and purple shades. White Alyssum by far is the most popular.

Plant characteristics:

Alyssum is annual plant, height 4-6″ width 6-9 ″, leaves narrow lance shaped.

1.    Allysum loves full sun and rich loam soil. Cultivate the soil to a depth of six inches. Lay the seeds on the surface of soil 6 inches apart. The germination process takes about 7-14 days at 65 degrees to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. During this phase, it is necessary to keep the soil moist. Continue watering your Alyssum until the seedlings emerge.
2.    After seedlings have come out, apply a 3-inch layer of organic mulch to the soil. This will keep the moisture and prevent weeds from cropping up.
3.    With a 20-20-20- NPK balanced liquid fertilizer, feed your Alyssum once a month throughout the growing season. Keep in mind to water right away after each application to dispense the nutrients and to avoid any root injury.
4.    Using the pruning shears, cut alyssum flowers to half as clean as possible four weeks after the first blooming period. This process will prevent self-seeding and will help promote a second set of blooms before the growing season ends.

Alyssum plants are ideal for rock walls and sunny rock gardens or in any well-drained location with good sunny position.

Sadia Yasin

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