Alyssum - Golf Mixed
Alyssum Golf Mixed makes excellent edging for a border as small and compact plants, which grow in dense clumps. The masses of tiny flowers in shades of lavender, rose, violet and white also have a delicate scent. They are easy to grow from seed and are very quick growing and will produce flowers in 6 to 7 weeks.
Alyssum is a useful companion plant attracting not only bees and other pollinating insects but also hoverflies which help to reduce aphids.
|When to sow||Indoors February to April, outdoors April to May.|
|Where to sow||Sow indoors in moist compost filled pots or trays 0.5cm (1/4in) deep and cover the seeds with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a warm position (temperature of 15-18°C (59-64°F) is ideal).|
|Sow direct outdoors in flowering position, 0.5cm (1/4in) deep.|
|What to do next||When seedlings sown indoors are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays and grow on in cooler conditions.|
|When all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise indoor raised seedlings to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Then transplant into final growing position planting them 25cm (10in) apart.|
|Take care not to damage the root system when transplanting the seedlings.|
|Thin the seedlings sown direct outdoors out so they are 25cm (10in) apart. Carefully replant thinned plants to fill any gaps.|
|Water well until plants are established.|
|Flowering period||June to October.|
|Companion planting||Attracts Bees and other pollinating insects. Alyssum also attracts the Hoverfly and other beneficial insects which will help to reduce aphids.|
|Uses||Bedding and borders , especially edging|