Alyssum Alyssum Alyssum Steinkraut
Soil :Average garden soil.
Position : Full sun to partial afternoon shade.
Frost tolerant : Alyssum seedlings can tolerate light frost, but plants are often killed by freezing temperatures.
Helps: Grapes, lettuce
Attracts: Syrphidae and most beneficial insects
Sow and Plant :Sow alyssum from early spring to early summer, and in autumn where winters are mild. Alyssum grows fast and often stops blooming in hot weather. Broadcast seeds into cultivated soil or containers about 2 inches (5cm) apart, and barely cover them with soil. When the seedlings have more than four leaves, thin to 6 inches (15 cm) apart in all directions.
Spacing :Single Plants: 5″ (15cm) each way; Rows: 5″ (15cm) with 5″ (15cm) row gap
Feeding : Fast growth is encouraged by mixing a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil before planting. Encourage reblooming with a liquid feed.
Harvesting :Tired alyssum plants often melt down in hot, humid conditions. As annual flowers go, they are short-lived.
Time to harvest: days
Notes :Alyssum is famous for attracting tiny wasps and other beneficial insects.
Can reseed if allowed to do so, but extra seedlings are easy to lift and move or pull out.