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How to Grow Rock Soapwort Flowers


Perennial, Saponaria

Rock Soapwort is an easy to grow perennial plant. It forms a carpet of spreading color. Rock Soapwort plants produce a profusion of  five petaled, pink flowers in varying shades. The plants bloom in the second year of growth.

Rock Soapwort popular in rock gardens, on hillsides, or as ground cover for hard to reach areas. These low growing plants are up to 1 1/2' tall. The plants are just about maintenance free.

Rock Soapwort grows well in containers and hanging baskets.

Plant Propagation:

Rock Soapwort are easily grown from division. Simply dig out a section of plants. Then, separate the portion you dug out into a few sections. Re-plant in another location, or give them to a friend.

Rock Soapwort can also be grown from seed. Directly sow seeds into your rock garden, or plant seeds indoors for transplanting later. Sow Rock Soapwort seeds early in the season and cover very lightly with soil. Or, broadcast spread the seeds, and rake the soil lightly. Water lightly after seeding.

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How to Grow Rock Soapwort Plants:

The plant prefers to grow in full sun to partial shade. Rock Soapwort prefers light, well draining soil. For heavy, clay soil, mix in ample amounts of sand and compost, prior to planting.

Once your Rock Soapwort plants are established, they should grow well for years. They are almost maintenance free. They will withstand dry periods. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Apply a general purpose fertilizer every month or two, for best performance..

Plants will bloom in early summer. After blooming, cut plants back after the first bloom, and you will get a second bloom.

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Insect and Disease:

Rock Soapworts seldom have problems with insects and disease. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.

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