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Alyssum Plant Care

By Stan DeFreitas ; Updated September 21, 2017

Alyssum plants are beautiful plants to grow in your garden or home. Learn all about alyssum plant care with gardening tips from a horticulturist in this free gardening video.


Hi, I'm Stan DeFreitas, "Mr Green Thumb". One of the most beautiful little, small flowering plants, is that of alyssum. And alyssum is one that has a beautiful fragrance. It almost smells like honey, if you can imagine that. These plants flower about ten to twelve months a year. In other words, it flowers continually. It has tiny, little blossoms and one plant like this is enough to make your whole side of your yard fragrant. It smells like a little bit of honey, almost like a little jasmine type smell. It's a beautiful plant, it's easy to grow, do make sure that you make sure that it gets enough water. And by that I mean, in a basket like this, probably once every couple of days, you're going to have to make sure that you get the old watering can out. Or hose. But, it's a good plant, takes near full sun. It will take partial shade. Remember, it flowers best in full sun. It will flower not as good in dense shade. So, give it more light. Make sure it gets enough water. You might want to plant it with some peet moss and some cow manure in the soil to really kind of hold that moisture around it. You do that , it's a fantastic plant. For "On Gardening", I'm Stan DeFreitas, "Mr Green Thumb".


About the Author


Stan DeFreitas, also known as "Mr. Green Thumb", has experience as an urban horticulturist working for the Pinellas County Extension Service and has taught horticulture at the St. Petersburg College. "Mr. Green Thumb" has spread gardening know-how on radio, TV and newspaper columns in both the Clearwater Sun and the Tampa Tribune. DeFreitas is the number one gardening advisor in the state of Florida, was the first to establish a "community garden" in Pinellas County, and helped start the first Master Garden Program in Pinellas County. DeFreitas was also twice Jaycees Horticulture "Man of the Year", was awarded the landscape design award from the city of St. Petersburg Beach, and was the host of the highest rated garden show on local PBS.