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Ice Plant, Harlequin Mix

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Drought resistant plants spread 9".

Full Description

Easy to grow drought resistant plants! Daisy-like blooms, 2-2 1/2", create carpets of color throughout summer. A must for the front of the border and along walkways.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

2 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

9 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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How to Sow and Plant

Ice plant may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow 4-6 weeks before the last frost.
  • Press seeds into the soil but do not cover as they need light for germination. Use a seed-starting formula as soil.
  • Keep moist until germination.
  • Seedlings emerge in 15-20 days.
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Transplanting to the Garden:

  • After all danger of frost, select a location in full sun with sandy, well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Plant 18” apart.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Plants may be brought indoors for the winter in cold zones.

  • Succulent plants prefer hot, dry, sunny locations and are drought resistant.
  • Cut off dead stems and spent flowers as needed to encourage more blooms.
  • Good as a groundcover, in containers, including hanging baskets.
  • Good for rock gardens.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
2 inches
Spread
9 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
10 weeks
Flower color
Pink, Red, White, Yellow
Ice Plant, Harlequin Mix is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What a waste... I don't know what I did wrong, but I got no results from these seeds. I started some indoors in seed starters and got very minimal growth. What little growth I did get did not amount to anything when transplanted outdoors. In fact, once in the ground, they shriveled up and died. The rest of the seeds I sowed directly into the ground. I haven't seen them since. So I assume they are not going to produce anything.
Date published: 2009-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ice Plants Great for rocky soil and hard-to-grow areas.
Date published: 2009-03-11
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