Questions and answers

How long do candytuft flowers last?

How long do candytuft flowers last?

Perennial candytuft is most commonly found in pure, bright white varieties with emerald-green foliage. This plant begins blooming in mid-spring and the flowers can last for several weeks.

Is candytuft easy to grow?

Seussian-style plant may have been dashed, I do love candytuft nonetheless. It’s an easy grower, looks fantastic in borders, and consistently produces blooms. Low-maintenance and relatively carefree, candytuft’s well worth a place in your garden.

Does candytuft come back every year?

Acidic soil may need amendments such as lime to produce the candytuft plant. Growing candytuft is worth the effort as the delicate flowers appear in early spring through summer, often reblooming in fall. The candytuft plant is actually a woody plant, but is most attractive when treated as an herbaceous perennial.

Does candytuft bloom more than once?

A light trim (shearing 2 – 3 leaves below the flowers) when flowers have begun to fade will encourage the plant to re-bloom. Candytuft typically blooms early spring through early to mid-summer; however, some cultivars will re-bloom in early fall.

Are candytuft poisonous?

If ingested, call the Poison Control Center or your doctor. Oxalates: The juice or sap of these plants contains oxalate crystals….Toxic Plants (by common name)

Toxic plants: Common name Scientific name Toxicity class
Candytuft, Evergreen Iberis sempervirens 4
Cape plumbago Plumbago auriculata 4
Cardinal flower Lobelia spp. 1,4

How do I start Candytuft?

Start Candytuft seeds indoors 6 – 8 weeks before the end of frost season. Press the ground cover seeds into the soil but do not cover them. Iberis Sempervirens seeds can also be started directly outdoors in a prepared seedbed once frost season has passed.

Do rabbits eat candytuft?

While children (and adults) love playing with snapdragon blooms to make the little flowers “snap” open, rabbits find the plants unpalatable. In fact, many say that portions of Antirrhinum are toxic to pet rabbits and should not be grown around them.

Can you divide candytuft?

You can divide them in either spring or fall. I just use a shovel to separate the clumps but you can dig the entire plant and cut it into several divisions. As long as each division has both roots and foliage, they will become new plants.

What goes well with candytuft?

Use candytuft in place of phlox or even sweet alyssum. Pair with Walker’s Low Catmint, Artemisia spp. and yarrows. If you’re looking for a shade counterpart try Sweet Woodruff (another favorite).

Are candytuft safe for dogs?

Any part of the Candytuft plant, particularly the bulb, is poisonous and can cause moderate to serious heart, liver, and kidney problems to your dog. Any time you are out to exercise, be careful, and make sure your dog does not consume this plant, as well as other similar plants like the crocosmia.