Growing: Candytuft

Botanical Name: Iberis umbellata
Life Cycle: annual
Planting Time: late spring or early summer
Height: 12" to 16"
Exposure: full sun
Soil: rich, moist, well-drained soil; alkaline pH; tolerant of poor soil conditions
Bloom Time: early summer until frost
Flower: white, pink mauve and purple
Foliage: green
Propagation: seeds, division in early spring, and basil cuttings in summer.
Suggested Use: beds, borders, cut flowers, and rock gardens
Growing Hints: Sow seed directly in ground in late spring and cover seeds with 1/8" of soil, or start indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last frost. If starting indoors, use peat pots to minimize transplanting shock and space seedlings 8" to 10" apart. Candytufts do not like to be waterlogged and will tolerate dry soil conditions. For abundant flowers, apply fertilizer every 2 to 3 weeks.
Interesting Facts: Candytuft is native to Spain (Iberia) and is actually a small, evergreen bush. It is easy to grow for beginning gardeners, and due to its tolerance for poor soil conditions, compact varieties are popular in rock gardens.


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