Arabis Alpina Snowcap, White Rockcress- 75 Seeds
Arabis Alpina Snowcap- 75 Seeds
One of the best rock garden plants and a good groundcover
For edging or for around the feet of shrubs or hedges. Sweetly scented flowers draw attention in any setting. Profuse pure white blooms.
The cultivar 'Snowcap' is also known as 'Alpina Snowcap. It is a strongly drought-hardy, thriving in a full sun location with very little water.
Rock Cress, a native of Southern Europe , is in full bloom mainly for April & May. The flowers are fading out at some point during the first half of June. It's a good idea to sheer it back after it is finished blooming to regain fresh growth & compactness. If left untrimmed it will become rangy in summer heat.
Its attractive silvery-green evergreen leaves are matt-forming, about six or eight inches in height, occasionally humping up to ten inches or a foot. In our mild winters the leaves hold their looks pretty deep into winter, & does not invariably require a pre-spring sheering, the post-bloom sheering as summer begins being sufficient.
Sowing: Autumn,Winter and Spring
You will need good free draining seed compost.
Aubrieta need light to germinate, so just cover the seed with a small amount of vermiculite. Compost must be moist and not wet. It is recommended to seal in a polythene bag until germination which usually takes 14-21 days at 18-20°C (65-68°F) Remove the polythene bag once the first seedlings appear.
When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant them to 7cm (3in) pots to grow on. Once established, plant out 20-25 cm (12in) apart into a well drained garden soil preferably containing lime, in a sunny site.
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