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How to Grow and Care for Candytuft

Annuals and Perennials, Iberis Sempervirens

For the beginning gardener and people with poor garden soils, here is an easy and fast-growing plant. Candytuft has it's "roots" in Spain, or Iberia as it was once called. Candytuft is actually a small, evergreen bush. Its small, compact growth and tolerance of poor soil, makes it popular in rock gardens. Fragrant tufts of candy-like red, white and pink colored flowers bloom from summer to autumn.

There are both annual and perennial varieties.


Candytuft are grown from seed. Established Candytuft plants can also be propagated by cuttings or division. Plants can be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in your area.

Sow Candytuft seeds early in the season and cover lightly with 1/8" of fine soil. Space seeds or seedlings 8-10" apart.

How to Grow Candytuft:

Candytuft plants are very easy to grow. They prefer full to partial sun and a well drained soil. They will do well in average or poor soils, and tolerate dry soil conditions. They are perfect for rock gardens. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Add a general purpose fertilizer once or twice a season.

Candytuft grows 1-15 inches tall.

Perennial varieties should be mulched over winter to protect them from extreme cold. In the spring, prune back stems to about 4" to promote lusher, fuller growth.

Insect and Disease:

Candytuft have few insect and disease problems. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.

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