How to Grow Rock Soapwort Plants
Rock Soapwort is an easy to grow perennial that forms a carpet of spreading
color. Rock Soapwort plants produce a profusion of five petaled, pink
flowers in varying shades. It usually begins to bloom in the second year
Low growing plants are up to 1 1/2' tall. Rock Soapwort is often used in
rock gardens, on hillsides, or as ground cover for hard to reach and maintain
areas. The plants are just about maintenance free.
Rock Soapwort grows well in containers and hanging baskets.
Rock Soapwort are easily grown from division. Simply dig out a section of
plants. Then, separate the portion you dug out into a few sections. Re-plant
in another location, or give them to a friend.
Rock Soapwort can also be grown from seed. Directly seed into your rock garden,
or plant seeds indoors for transplanting later. Sow Rock Soapwort seeds early
in the season and cover very lightly with soil. Or, broadcast spread the
seeds, and rake the soil lightly. Water lightly after seeding.
How to Grow Rock Soapwort Plants:
Rock Soapwort prefers light, well draining soil. If your soil is heavy clay,
mix in ample amounts of sand prior to planting. Plant prefer to grow in full
sun to partial shade.
Once your Rock Soapwort plants are established, they should grow well for
years with almost no maintenance. They will withstand dry periods. Water
them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Apply a general purpose
fertilizer every month or two.
Plants will bloom in early summer. After blooming, cut plants back after
the first bloom, and you will get a second bloom.
Insect and Disease:
Rock Soapworts seldom have problems with insects and disease. If insect or
disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents