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Soapwort Seeds

Saponaria ocymoides

  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow in late fall, pressing into the surface of the soil since this plant needs light to germinate. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 30 days before planting. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination, which usually takes 14-30 days. The seeds can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before planting in spring. Keep seedlings lightly moist, and transplant them as soon as they have developed several leaves.

Growing: Water seedlings regularly until they become established. This plant grows quickly and needs little care. Mature plants tolerate heat and drought well, as well as thriving in sandy or rocky soils. Cut back the plant periodically to encourage bushier growth. This plant attracts bees and butterflies, and will self-seed unless cut back after flowering has finished. It makes an excellent ground cover, edging plant, or container plant. This plant attracts bees and butterflies.

Harvesting: These blossoms do not perform well as cut flowers, and are best enjoyed outdoors.

Seed Saving: After the flowers fade, small pods will form that eventually open and release their seeds. As soon as the pods open, shake them over a container to remove the seed; watch them carefully to prevent loss, since the seeds can easily be blown away by the wind. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Rock Soapwort

Latin Name: Saponaria ocymoides

Species Origin: Introduced US Wildflower

Type: Garden Flowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

US Regions: California, Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 15,000

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Height: 10 Inches

Uses: Deer Resistant

Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~1000 Seeds) $2.50 -+
1/4 Oz Mylar (7.09g) $4.80 -+
1 Oz Mylar (28.4g) $7.20 -+
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $16.00 -+
1 Lb Mylar (454g) $60.00 -+
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DESCRIPTION

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Originally, this hardy plant grew in the mountains of the Mediterranean region and southwestern Asia. The genus name “Saponaria” comes from the Latin word for soap, referring to the plant’s ancient use in soap-making. Rumor has it that this plant produces such a gentle and cleansing lather that it has been used for cleaning fragile museum pieces. This plant has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.


HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow in late fall, pressing into the surface of the soil since this plant needs light to germinate. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 30 days before planting. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination, which usually takes 14-30 days. The seeds can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before planting in spring. Keep seedlings lightly moist, and transplant them as soon as they have developed several leaves.

Growing: Water seedlings regularly until they become established. This plant grows quickly and needs little care. Mature plants tolerate heat and drought well, as well as thriving in sandy or rocky soils. Cut back the plant periodically to encourage bushier growth. This plant attracts bees and butterflies, and will self-seed unless cut back after flowering has finished. It makes an excellent ground cover, edging plant, or container plant. This plant attracts bees and butterflies.

Harvesting: These blossoms do not perform well as cut flowers, and are best enjoyed outdoors.

Seed Saving: After the flowers fade, small pods will form that eventually open and release their seeds. As soon as the pods open, shake them over a container to remove the seed; watch them carefully to prevent loss, since the seeds can easily be blown away by the wind. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Rock Soapwort

Latin Name: Saponaria ocymoides

Species Origin: Introduced US Wildflower

Type: Garden Flowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

US Regions: California, Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 15,000

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Height: 10 Inches

Uses: Deer Resistant

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