Edelweiss Growing Instructions Print

Edelweiss


Edelweiss plants thrive in loose soil that is rich in lime. Soil that is too heavy or hard will choke the delicate, hair-like root system of the plant. Mixing up a planting medium that combines one part lime with two parts sand as a base, then adding some peat moss and cow manure makes an ideal foundation for Edelweiss flowers to thrive. The tiny seeds should be sprinkled on the surface of the soil.
Start Edelweiss flowers inside, approximately eight weeks before they will be transplanted into your garden, which would be done after the last frost of the spring. Germinating Edelweiss seeds indoors requires imbibing the seeds which is necessary to provide the cold temperatures the seeds will need to grow. This can be done by placing the seeds and some of your soil mixture in a black plastic bag and refrigerating it for three weeks. Your seeds then can be sown in pots by sprinkling them on top of the soil. Germination generally takes between two and six weeks.
Keep moist. Whether sowing indoors or out, seeds must be kept moist, but not soggy, to germinate. Watering these tiny seeds must be done very carefully to avoid washing them away. For seeds planted in the garden, a very fine mist of water can be used. Seeds started indoors can be kept moist by placing the pot in a tray of water and covering both tray and pot with a clear lid. There should be a few small holes in the lid to allow air circulation.

 

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