Home Hydroponics Plant of the Month: Candytuft Blooms in April and Affords Early Season Meals for Pollinators

Plant of the Month: Candytuft Blooms in April and Affords Early Season Meals for Pollinators

Plant of the Month: Candytuft Blooms in April and Affords Early Season Meals for Pollinators


Spring has sprung, and the backyard’s candytuft is in full bloom. The beautiful plant drapes itself over the sting of the rock wall; its pure white blossoms stand out towards the foliage of different vegetation which have but to open and appeal to pollinators in quest of early-season meals. Offering bees, butterflies, and different bugs with sufficient nectar is important, and candytuft is a wonderful solution to welcome them earlier than summer season begins.

A part of the Brassicaceae household, candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) is a spreading, woody-based, herbaceous perennial or sub-shrub. Springtime candytuft usually types a mound of darkish inexperienced inch-long leathery leaves. An evergreen in my zone 7 backyard, in colder climates, the foliage can turn out to be straggly and leaves drop. No worries; they may all come again greater and higher. The plant produces tiny white four-petalled flowers in dense, flattened clusters (corymbs) in spring.

There are a number of completely different candytuft varieties. Alexander’s White is a couple of foot huge and has extra flowers than different varieties, equivalent to Little Gem and Purity. Each are extra compact, with a selection of roughly 6-8”. Whether or not the specified impact is a flowing waterfall of white over the rock wall or a smaller plant trailing out a container, candytuft is completely satisfied to oblige.

Early blooming plant

Normal Care

Hardy to Zone 3, Alexander’s White (in my backyard) loves full solar and loamy, well-draining soil. It prefers to be stored moist, not too dry or too moist.

Candytuft will bloom partly shade however much less prolifically than in full solar. As soon as it flowers, lower or sheer the stems again a couple of third to encourage new progress and keep its compact behavior. Though it might really feel such as you’re slicing again the whole plant, for those who don’t prune it nicely, it received’t bloom as superbly because it ought to within the spring.


Candytuft is inclined to root rot. If planting in a container, make sure the pot has good drainage. Slugs, snails, and caterpillars are an issue for the plant, however they haven’t bothered mine for some cause. Powdery mildew and leaf spot are additionally frequent points. The easiest way to maintain these ailments at bay is to make sure the plant will get water by way of its roots and by no means through the leaves. Doing so prevents the illness spores from rising.

With out candytuft, my April backyard could be naked. It stands out as a plant of distinction, incomes its place as a favourite, easy-to-grow backyard perennial.

Be a part of me subsequent month as we backyard and develop collectively.





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