How to Plant Alyssum Seeds

Overview

Gardeners grow sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) as an annual wildflower and edging plant. The 1/2-foot plant produces a profusion of pink, purple or white blossoms and thrives in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 10, according to the University of Florida. Instead of buying started alyssum seedlings, sow the plant's seeds for a cheaper method of establishing a sweet alyssum flower bed or border.

Step 1

Choose a site for your alyssum plants. The flowers thrive best in partial sun and well-drained soil.

Step 2

Prepare the garden site. Use a spade or mechanical rototiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 10 inches, then add an inch of compost and mix it thoroughly into the dirt, according to Colorado State University.

Step 3

Fertilize the flower bed for enhanced alyssum seedling establishment. Clemson University recommends using an all-purpose 10-10-10 fertilizer, spread at the rate of 1/2 lb. for every 50 square feet of flower bed.

Step 4

Plant the alyssum seeds. Scatter them across the surface of the bare soil at a rate of two to three seeds per square inch. Don't bury the seeds, as alyssum requires sunlight to germinate, according to Michigan State University.

Step 5

Water the flower bed by misting the soil surface twice a day to keep the top inch moist. The alyssum seeds will typically germinate within 14 days.

Tips and Warnings

  • Sweet alyssum reseeds itself and may sometimes escape its flower bed, appearing in other areas of your landscape.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Compost
  • Fertilizer
  • Sweet alyssum seeds
  • Water

References

  • "Taylor's Guide to Annuals;" Barbara Ellis; 2000
  • University of Florida: Lobularia Maritima
  • Colorado State University: Growing Plants from Seed
  • Clemson University: Growing Annuals
  • Michigan State University: Sweet Alyssum
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