Mesembryanthemum (Ice Plant) - Carpet Mix
Native to South African the name Mesembryanthemum means 'Midday flowering'. It is also popularly called as Livingstone Daisy and Doroteanthus. It is a low-growing succulent annual growing to 25 cm (10 in), and much cultivated for its iridescent, many-petalled, daisy-like blooms in shades of white, yellow, orange, cream, pink and crimson. Thrives poor, dry soils, these are perfect for mass plantings in sunny spots or as edging plants in beds in parks and gardens, especially rock gardens where they will quickly knit together to form a rich carpet of dazzling colours. They can also be grown in hanging baskets without needing too much care.
* Attracts butterflies, birds and bees * Tolerates shade partially
Uses: Beds and borders, Rock garden, Hanging baskets
Annual. Indicative height: 4in. Approx. 200 seeds
Sowing & Growing Information
Days to Germinate: 15 to 21
Germination Temperature: 18 to 24 (C)
Sowing Media / Soil Type: Well draining
Sowing Depth: Surface
Sowing Method: Direct sow, transplant recommended
Water: Moderately depending upon the soil and climatic conditions - keep the soil moist but not too wet
Sun: Loves full sun
Notes: Light inhibits germination. Leave the seeds uncovered and place in a dark area until germination occurs. Suitable for well-drained light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Can grow in saline soils. Add plenty of small rocks and pebbles or grit to the soil prior to planting in order to improve drainage and prevent the roots from rotting. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. Succeeds in any well-drained low-fertility soil so long as it is in a sunny position. The young plants are prone to root rot and damping off unless given plenty of ventilation and dry growing conditions.