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#34906 Apr 30th, 2007 at 04:46 PM
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You know, those tiny white or pink flowers, used for along edging a lot. I'd like to use these for all my beds - to kinda tie them all together. I have seeds - does anyone know if one seed expands to a pretty large area or does it take quite a few? I'll just till around the edge and sprinkle, but not sure how heavy to sprinkle them. All of my beds have these rocks - all but 2 anyway. The ones around the house do.
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PattyM I've been having tons of problems getting my allysums to germinate properly here in the house. Hope you have better luck with yours.


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Each viable seed will produce one plant. The seed packet should give the spread of the variety you have. If the seeds were an exchange item then plan on a spread of 10". When the seedlings get their first two sets of true leaves thin them to about 8" apart. Keep the seed back from the rocks when you spread them.

Plants looking ragged during summer heat can be sheared back. This fall leave plants as they are. Next spring remove the dead portion and you may find new seedlings. Just remember what the plant looks like when it comes up this spring so you don't mistake it for a weed next spring. I use alyssum to mark my plant beds, it has re-seeded for the past 5 years.

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Rosepetal -

You could have old or defective seed. seeds can get viruses just like plants.

seed alyssum in the new coir pots. They don't like having their roots disturbed. The coir pot gets planted directly in the ground without having to remove the bottom or sides.

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Herbalyn

The seeds I'm using are new seed and I'm having a problems right from germination on. This year only a few seeds sprouted and they're growing really slow.

Are you saying I should seed directly into the pot that goes into the ground and not transplant them? If so I'll try that next year, will see what happens to these this year yet.


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boohoo

Ditto , mine too.
Guess it is not its year.


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Rosepetal -
When you say you have new seed do you refer to purchasing a packet of seeds recently? If so, those seeds can be old or diseased. Some companies are notorious for selling such seed. Very poor germination means old seeds. Some seeds will not be viable even if kept just over the winter.

A virus was found in seeds several years ago. Plants grown from those seeds and in turn seeds saved from those affected plants might still be carrying the virus and showing up for sale.

Not every seed planted is going to produce a plant. Look on your seed package for the viability rate. Alyssum is a very slow growing plant and then when it does get going its roots get disturbed in transplanting and it slows down again. Even in letting alyssum reseed it doesn't start growing until the middle of June.

Alyssum resents disturbed roots. Fill individudal coir pots with soil. Sprinkle a few seeds on top. When seedlings appear remove all but one. When weather permits planting out then plant the coir pot directly into the ground. If using peat pots the tops need to be cut back and the bottom removed. Coir pots remove that hassle.

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herbalyn ,

DId you try them this year????/

We cant all have bad seed????????????



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Rosepetal -
The day Alyssum is transplanted it will get limp and end up lying on top of the soil. Don't be concerned, this is normal. It will take some time for it to come around. Keep it watered and don't feed it until it recovers.

What type of container are the seedlings in and how many do you have?

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I am using strawberry cartons filled with soil and just spread the seeds in a row. I'm not sure how many seeds made it for sure not all of them for the row is not that full. The ones that are growing look pretty healthy, but still a bit small so I'll wait awhile before transplanting. Thanks for the advice!!!!


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Rosepetal #36334 May 2nd, 2007 at 08:06 AM
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Herbalyn, should I maybe transplant the alyssum as a whole instead of trying to separate the individual seedlings?

In other words just plant the whole chunk of dirt with the alyssums into the area where I want them to be.


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Good Idea.......

They are hard to separate and best grown in a clump till about 5 inches..


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Thanks Dodge, I'll do just that!!!!


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