• posted an update Nicole Low 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Androsace alpina

    This is worth any effort to cultivate and will certainly require some effort to keep it pest free and in character! If you search good app for indoor plant identification , follow this link.

    I much prefer to raise my own plants from seed and once you have raised plants to flowering size, you should always have a supply of seeds! Failing this, many of the European collectors list this gem, so… get your seed and sow Dec/Jan which should ensure that germination occurs in the warmth of spring. I use a lime free compost with equal parts of vermiculite (optional??) and coarse grit into which seedlings are raised and then transplanted.

    Thereafter, there are three essentials:
    Maximum light ie never put them under glass whilst in active growth.
    Constant vigilance for pests e.g. aphids, red spider (systemic sprays help)
    Avoid high temperatures in mid summer (fungal ailments also creep in here and plants simply collapse and die)

    After transplanting, I grow smaller plants in 3″ square plastic pots which stand outside, these are given some protection during the period November to the moment they “wake up” and start into growth, then it’s a quick pot on and back outside. Depending upon the cushion size, I use 4″ or 5″ clay pots and these sit in a tray some 3″ deep of sand to ensure they (never ever!) dry out. Growing outside in a lean scree perhaps offers the best chance of long term success, once happy, plants are remarkably weather tolerant, the secret is never to allow them to become lax. Beware of aphids etc. even in mid winter, when this will be the first plant to claim their interest.

    Dead easy eh, I usually raise quite a few seedlings each year and these usually make the surplus list, but not for long! It’s a difficult thing, of that there is no doubt but the key is to treat it “hard” and learn from your mistakes – it took me two or three years of failure to finally manage a respectable specimen.