Sweet Alyssum is fast and low growing, trouble free, and low cost, making it a popular choice for use as beneficial insect habitat in vegetable and fruit production. Because of its very manageable plant habit, sweet alyssum is a good choice for beneficial planting in greenhouses and containers, in addition to outdoor production. Sprawling plants with dense clusters of small flowers. Commonly known as sweet alyssum, but also known simply as alyssum. Tender perennial in Zones 9-11.
• Attracts and provides a food source for beneficial insects such as lacewings, parasitic wasps, syrphid flies, and tachinid flies. Ht. 8-16". Avg. 71,100 seeds/oz. Packet: 100 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 8-10 days at 65-75°F (18-21°C).
SOWING: Easy to grow. Alyssum blooms spring to frost. Transplant (recommended): Sow several seeds per cell or pot 6-8 weeks before last frost. Do not cover as seeds require light to germinate. Harden off by growing at 50-55°F (10-13°C) night temperatures and transplant out after last frost. Direct seed: Where winter temperatures drop below 28°F (-2°C), sow seeds in spring as soon as the soil can be worked. In warmer climates, sow midsummer to late winter for blooms that will last until June. Press seed lightly into surface. Thin when seedlings have first true leaves.
TIP: Cool weather is required for flowering. During prolonged periods of heat, cut plants back by ½. Once daily avg. temperatures decline, new growth and flowering will resume.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun/Part Shade.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Average, well-drained soil.
PLANT SPACING: 6-8".
HARDINESS ZONES: Tender perennial in Zones 9-11.
USES: Excellent beneficial plant. Edgings, borders, beds, rock gardens, window boxes, and hanging baskets. Edible flowers.
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Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
50 - 60 Days
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.<br>Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.