Irish Moss 'Pearlwort' (Sagina Sabulata) - 200 Seeds
Lush beauty that's tough and carefree!
Irish Moss forms a lush emerald green carpet of moss-like foliage with delicate white flowers in midsummer. Hardy enough for sunny or shady locations. Flowers bloom on short 2-4" stalks. Irish Moss is just the ground cover you need for rock gardens and planting between stepping stones or pavers. Stays green all year. Plant 12" apart.
Please note that Irish Moss seeds are very fine (small) therefore it is recommended to start growing them indoors before planting them out. After planting it it will spread quickly and from this point will require no maintanance
Choosing a Time
It is possible to sew Irish moss seeds indoors at any time of the year, however if you try to sew the seeds outdoors during the winter months, you will often find that the birds will eat them. It is much easier to grow these during the spring, summer or early Autumn or alternatively you can start them indoors before planting them out.
When sewing the seeds outdoors wait until the last frost has passed so that the seeds will be able to safely germinate.
Preparing the Soil Before you can plant your Irish moss seeds you need to first prepare the soil. Use a fork to break up the soil and mix in some sand to improve the draining ability of your soil. The amount of sand required will depend on the state of your soil and the amount of improvement it needs. If your soil is normally well draining, you may want to skip using sand.
Once the soil is prepared you should level it out so it's ready for the seeds. Watering the soil at this stage is also optional but can be helpful.
Sewing the Seeds
Sprinkle the seeds out across the surface of the soil and leave them like that. The seeds do not need burying or covering in the soil. The seeds will take between 7 and 28 days to germinate by which time you should notice tiny seedlings appearing.
Caring for Irish Moss
Irish moss is pretty easy to care for, you just need to water it whenever the soil feels dry. Don't water the plants too much though as this can cause root rot and end up killing the plants.
After the second growing season, start fertilizing the Irish moss plants. A general purpose fertilizer will be good enough and this should be used after the plants have flowered. If you fertilize before flowers are produced, you might get lots of foliage without many flowers.
The plant doesn't require any pruning as such. However, if you do think that it's starting to take over a bit, you can shape it and control it.
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