Iberis (Candytuft) Seeds - Empress Mixture
- Seed Count: 300 Seeds
- Maturity Date: 60-75 days from planting
- Plant Type: Annual or Perennial depending on variety
- Origin: Mediterranean region
- Height: 6-12 inches
- Flower Colors: White, pink, lavender
- Light Requirement: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Preference: Well-drained, slightly alkaline soil
History: Iberis, commonly known as Candytuft, is a plant that has its origins in the Mediterranean region. The Empress Mixture is a specially formulated blend that offers an array of colors from white to pink and lavender. Known for its low-growing, ground-covering capabilities, Iberis has been a garden favorite for centuries. Both the Greeks and Romans appreciated its beauty, and it has remained popular due to its aesthetic appeal and ease of care. The Empress Mixture adds a royal touch, providing a bounty of colors and a fuller, more vibrant display.
Uses: The Empress Mixture of Iberis seeds is a versatile plant that can serve multiple functions in your garden. Its low-growing habit makes it an excellent ground cover, while its vibrant flowers attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. Due to its dense, spreading growth, it is also effective for erosion control on slopes or embankments. The flowers are long-lasting and make for beautiful, subtle additions to floral arrangements. In garden design, they are often used to create borders, line pathways, or fill gaps between taller plants, offering a continuous burst of color throughout the blooming season.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Iberis plants in the Empress Mixture generally mature within 60-75 days from planting. They are highly adaptable and can grow in a variety of light conditions, from full sun to partial shade. To get a head start on the growing season, sow the seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost. Use a seed tray with well-draining, slightly alkaline soil. Cover the seeds lightly with soil and keep the tray in a warm, well-lit area. Water moderately to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. After the danger of frost has passed, transplant the seedlings outdoors, spacing them 9-12 inches apart. Iberis prefers well-drained soil with a slightly alkaline pH. Watering should be moderate, and overwatering should be avoided. For denser growth and more prolific flowering, consider applying a balanced fertilizer in the early spring. Regular deadheading will prolong the blooming period and keep the plants looking their best.