In recent years, alpine plants seem to have acquired a reputation for being difficult to grow, and only suitable for the specialist gardener. This is very far from the truth.The vast majority of alpines are easy to grow in most gardens, and need only the minimum of care.
Many alpines, by their very nature, have very long, deeply questing roots. When you have selected your planting site, dig a hole approximately the same diameter as the pot. Knock the plant out of its pot and inspect the roots. You will often find that the roots spiral around at the base.
Using your fingertips, gently squeeze and probe the root ball to disentangle the roots and tease them apart. You may be surprised by the result; a small plant in a 7 cm pot may well have roots from 30 – 60 cm long! Lower the roots into the planting hole, deepening it if necessary, then refill it, gently firming the soil as you go.
Finally, give a thorough watering and the job is finished. If planting is done in cool spring weather, you may never need to water the plant again! If your soil is fairly heavy, a layer of coarse gravel over the surface can increase the life expectancy of some plants to many years. In addition it will keep down weeds and reduce maintenance time; a good thing for busy people!
Supplied individually in a 7cm pot.
Approx height: 15cm