Planting the best heirloom candytuft seeds
- Available in a variety of colors
- Low-growing groundcover, perfect for pathway edging
- Pollinator attractors
- Thrives in bright, sunny conditions
The Best Heirloom Candytuft for blooms and pollinators
Heirloom candytuft seeds thrive best when planted directly in a sunny area. These flowers are not only pollinator magnets, but they are also deer and rabbit resistant, as well as drought and poor soil tolerant. There's no excuse not to plant heirloom candytuft in your garden this year, with few to no hurdles in your way!
How to grow heirloom candytuft
Heirloom candytuft seeds can be started indoors six to eight weeks before the end of the frost season or directly planted outdoors after the frost has passed. Seeds should be sown around 1/4 inch into the soil. If you're starting your heirloom candytuft blossoms inside, bear in mind that they need proper drainage. To keep a consistent humidity level, cover the indoor container with plastic and remove once the seeds have germinated (16 to 20 days). Plant seeds eight to ten inches apart if direct sowing. To avoid seeds becoming dislodged, wet the top layer of soil with a water-filled spray bottle after sowing. To help plants establish themselves, water them on a regular basis.
Caring for heirloom candytuft plants
Heirloom candytuft can withstand drought once it has established itself. Shear back plants after blooming by 1/3 to 1/2 inch to keep them looking nice and encourage more blossoming. Consider how much sunlight your heirloom candytuft flowers get if they're having trouble blooming. They prefer full to partial sun, with too little sun resulting in weak leaves and poor blooming.
Best uses for Heirloom Candytuft
Heirloom candytuft is a low-growing flower that is commonly used as a walkway edging. While it's a sluggish grower, it's been known to brighten and add fragrance to gardens and pathways for years after sowing. Heirloom candytuft grows nicely alone or in groups with catmint, yarrow, and/or phlox. You can bag the seed heads to gather seed pods as they dry up if you want to collect newly generated heirloom candytuft seeds from your plants. Before storing the seeds, break open the pods and remove the seeds, making sure they are clean and dry. If you want to move your heirloom candytuft plants, keep in mind that the best time to do it is after the blooming season has ended in the fall.
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for heirloom candytuft flower seed, see the Candytuft Seeds Planting Guide.