Sweet alyssum flowers (Lobularia maritima syn. Alyssum maritimum) are useful in alpine rock gardens, borders, planters, hanging baskets, and dry zones. They are small plants that may get 3 to 6 inches (7.5 to 15 cm.) tall and produce clusters of tiny flowers in clumps.
The blooms come in pink, salmon, purple, white, and yellow. Flowers arise from June to October and can be encouraged to rebloom by cutting back spent floweÃ¢â€š ¹
This herbaceous plant in the mustard family (Brassicaeae) is commonly used as a bedding plant called alyssum or sweet alyssum and is widely available in market packs at nurseries and garden centers in the spring. The common name refers to the genus in which it was formerly classified.
|Maximum Reachable Height
||June to October
||Easy to medium
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Refer ourGarden Guidefor detailed procedures and meanings of words related to gardening.Morning sunlight of 3 - 6 hours a day is ideal for flowering and plant grow well in bright light for rest of the day.SoilThe soil should be well drained, fertile and rich in organic content for growing Cuphea plant.WateringPoke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.Apply 3 cup(approx.150ml) of water when the top soil (1-2 inch) in the pot feels dry to touch.Do not overwater the plant.As a rule of thumb, water the plants thoroughly in summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season.Water should be applied preferably in the morning or evening.Application of FertilizerBefore application of fertilizer loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so, it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.Apply organic fertilizer once a month(throughout the year)Apply water immediately after application of fertilizer.Plant ProtectionRemove dead, infected or damaged plant parts and discard them away from the plants.For any insect attack or disease, you can use Neem oil, Eucalyptus oil or Citrus oil spray for primary treatment.DontsDo not overwater the plant specially when pot doesnt have drainage hole.Avoid applying water on flowers and leaves it may cause fungal infection.
Initial care for 1-2 weeks after receiving plant at your location:Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.Apply 3 cup(approx.150ml) of water when the top soil (1-2 inch) in the pot feels dry to touch.Keep the plant in artificial bright light.Do not re-pot for min. 2 weeks after receiving it.
||At least 5-6 hours of preferably morning sunlight a day is ideal for plant to grow well and natural indirect bright light for the rest of the day.
Before water poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
Water when top soil (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch.
Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season.
The soil should be well drained and fertile, rich in organic content for growing plant.
Grow well in pH range of 5.5 to 7
||20 to 35 degree C
||During the main growing season (June-July) feed the plant with organic fertilizer.
- Use alyssum to lure aphids away from vegetable plants.
- Used for landscape or ornamental purpose.
- Lace a hanging basket near your homes entrance or next to the patio or deck where the sweet fragrance can be enjoyed up close.
- Sow seeds in between rows in the vegetable plot to help suppress weeds and attract insects that are essential for crop pollination.
- Plant as a ground cover around roses or taller plants for a season-long carpet of color.