Lovely Candytuft Outdoor Plants
Candytuft outdoor plants are plants in the genus Iberis, named for its native Iberian Peninsula, a region in the south of Europe that includes Spain, Portugal, and several other nations. Candytuft outdoor plants care involves planting in well draining, alkaline soil in a sunny location as the candytuft plant won’t grow in shade or overly damp soil. Acidic soil may need amendments such as lime to produce the candytuft plant. Growing candytuft outdoor plants is worth the effort as the delicate flowers appear in early spring through summer, often reblooming in fall. The candytuft flower is usually white, but some cultivars have pink or lilac blooms. This plant does well in gravelly soil, making it a perfect small specimen for a sunny rock garden or border planting. Once blooms of the candytuft flower are spent, cut the entire candytuft outdoor plants back to ground level to avoid woodiness of the stems. This should be done at least every other year to prevent this short, blooming beauty from becoming too tall with spindly growth.
The candytuft outdoor plants are actually woody plants, but are most attractive when treated as an herbaceous perennial. Growing candytuft from seeds or cuttings is a money-saving way to have more of the aesthetically pleasing plants. Sow seeds of the candytuft flower directly into flower beds when soil has warmed to about 70 F. (21 C.). Softwood cuttings of existing plants propagate easily during mid-summer for more candytuft flowers to plant in your gardens or to share with friends.