Arabis blepharophylla 'Spring Charm'
Fragrant flowers up to 1" across in early spring, blooming with the earliest tulips. Each flowerhead is made up of a dark purple center, with four-petaled individual flowers opening up in pale violet along the perimeter. Prune back after flowering to encourage compactness and a second bloom (unless of course you want to collect seed).
||rose rock cress
||easy: germinates at room temperature. slow-growing.
detailed seed-starting info below
|In bloom in the third week of March in its second year |
|A month after starting its bloom, the seedpods are busily forming, making for a bit of a messy look |
|'Red Sensation' |
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Sharon||Jul 05, 2006||I am just wondering, my flower went to seed, do I break off the pods to grow new flowers or will they grow on there own?|
They have not self-seeded for me - so for a new supply of plants, I'd harvest seeds when they are ripe and start them on purpose - inside in spring works well for me.
|Grace||May 30, 2015||My plant has now got seed pods, after flowering. There are no flowers left now.
Do I simply break off the seed pods at their base and crack open for the seeds?
Should I prune back further down in addition to snapping off the pods?
Any guidance would be v useful!
Also, what happens if I don't remove the pods? And do they like any plant food?
If the seeds are ripe (the pods are crispy-dry), then you can extract the seeds from the pods easily. Cut back the plants as far as you need to to make them look decent. They don't need any food right now.
- Seed from HPS '01/'02 exchange. Baggy 70F (95%G, 5-9d)
- Seed from garden '03 germinated rapidly at room temperature, sprouting radicles in 4 days, cotyledons by 6 days.
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (100%G, 7d)
- Seed from '03 garden. Baggy 70F (90%G, 7-10d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (80%G, 8-11d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (63%G, 12-30d)
- Seed from NARGS '10/'11 exchange. Baggy 70F (80%G, 4-10d)
- Seed for 'Rose Delight' from NARGS '11/'12 exchange. Baggy 70F (68%G, 5-10d)
- Seed for 'Spring Charm from NARGS '11/'12 exchange. Baggy 70F (67%G, 7-12d)
Long-viable seed, no light required for germination.
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