Lobularia (in another way it is called Kamennik or Alyssum) is a garden plant of the Crucifers family, which can be both annual and perennial. With proper cultivation, lobularia forms a fluffy and bright carpet on a flower bed, which you will admire the whole summer and a little in the fall. The flowers of the plant are like brushes, they are collected in amazing inflorescences of delicate shades. The genus of lobularia has 5 species, but in home cultivation, gardeners have adapted to cultivating only marine lobularia.
Growing Lobularia from Seed: Method Description
Alyssum is distinguished by sprawling branches, small lanceolate leaflets and fibrous roots. The color of the leaves is also somewhat unusual - it is something between gray and green with a white edge. And what a honey aroma comes from flowers, just lovely! Usually, lobularia is grown from seeds: they can be planted directly in open soil or seedling. In this way, all kinds of decorative lobularia are grown, including the star pearl.
In open ground, seeds are sown in mid-autumn (October-November) or spring (April). If you decide to start growing seeds in the fall, they will need to provide shelter with leaves or non-woven material (lutrasil works well). When the first signs of heat appear, the seeds will germinate and an incredibly beautiful flowering will begin. If you plant seeds of lobularia in the spring, flowering will begin in June.
Seeds mixed with sand, scattered on the surface of the soil. At the same time, they do not need to be covered with earth on top, since they simply need the sun to germinate. Make sure that the seeds are not too close to each other, crops should be thinned. There must be a distance of at least 15 cm between shoots. From time to time, do not forget to water the shoots. Most gardeners, first and foremost, recommend spraying them from a spray bottle with separated water.
To start blooming earlier, lobularia is recommended to be grown in a seedling manner. In early spring, plant the seeds in pots with loose soil. Up to 7 seeds can be planted in one pot, pressing into the soil, but not sprinkling with earth. Place flower pots in a fairly warm and sunny place, cover with glass or film and wait. Do not forget to air sprouts every 3 days. The first shoots will appear already on the 5th day, if the temperature regime is between 13 - 15 degrees, they should be watered moderately. At the end of May sprouts are planted in a permanent place in open ground, keeping a distance of 20 cm. A moderately nutritious substrate is ideal for growing lobularia; you can also add sand to ordinary garden soil. After sowing, wait for flowering in 1.5 months, which lasts until October. Consider that in too hot and dry summer, the flowering of the alissum will end earlier.
Lobularia: photos of plants
Lobularia is a spectacular plant, with the help of which plant rock gardens, hills and islets. Unfortunately, its seeds are very difficult to find, but those who are lucky can enjoy the divine scent and delicate flowers of the plant on their land. Lobularia can dilute any floral composition, bring fabulousness and lightness to the landscape.