Hi all I am a newbie hoping for some assistance in growing Aubretia!!! I know you are probably thinking this is one of the easiest plants to grow but, I have had no/very little success with either seeds or established plants <img title="Crying or Very sad" src="" alt=":cry:" /> . I think it may be due to the fact that I live on the 2nd floor, directly on the sea front, facing a SW direction, totally exposed to the eliments and trying to grow this spendid plant in small window boxes!!!  I am wondering if I need to change the soil type, as it is just the all purpose kind you can buy anywhere. <img title="Rolling Eyes" src="" alt=":roll:" /> Looking forward to seeing this blooming on my balcony with your help <img title="Laughing" src="" alt=":lol:" />


  • diggingdorisdiggingdoris Posts: 501

    My Mum lived on a S/SE facing seafront and had aubretia smothering her rockery, so I doubt it's the salty air that you're having a problem with. I know they are happy in well drained soil, and will  grow in a tiny bit of soil. Mum's rockery hadn't had the soil changed in years so it must have been of poor quality. Are you over pampering them?

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    hello debale,

    I've  introduced several Aubretia small plants into my garden over the last few months. The advice you read is that they have to have full sun but I reckon they will tolerate partial shade. I don't think they would be that particular about what soil they grow in.

    I have been told that they are hard to grow from seed but I don't know how true that is.

    The best advice I have been given is to cut them back fairly hard after flowering as they can get leggy.

    Hope that helps

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    I've just had a bundle of them germinate after about a week.

  • hi aubretia doesnt like  alot of water it loves poor soil and full sun  defently a prune after flowering to promote new thicker growth

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