How to Grow Rock Plants

This explains how to grow and care for rock plants also known as alpine plants.I have also added a list of some great rock plants and have added some of my photography.

What are rock plants?

Rock plants also known as alpine plants represent an extensive range of hardy perennials, bulbous plants and shrubs, many of which are found in rocky crevices,turfs and screes from mountain pastures,woodland or on dry hillsides of mountainous regions.

Many rock plants will flourish in a suitably well drained site such as the most popularly constructed environment which is a rock garden, although some do require special conditions in a garden or greenhouse.

They most often have delicate ,simple clear colored flowers which are often prolifically borne in spring or early summer.

How To Grow:

 

  • Rock plants prefer and open site in full sun.
  • They require a cool deep root run with moderately fertile soil.
  • Sharp drainage is a must for rock plants.
  • Some rock plants are best suited within a controlled environment of an alpine house or a cold frame because with some cushion-forming plants such as Androsace the rotting of one or two rosettes can lead to the death of the entire plant.
  • At planting, add a slow released fertilizer into the soil, thereafter apply a general purpose fertilizer in spring if vigorous growth is required.
  • Plants grown in a free drainage scree bed may require watering until established.
  • In a open garden, shelter any susceptible plants from damp conditions by providing a very well drained soil and a thick dressing of grit around the base of the plant.
  • Panes of glass or plastic can be propped up over the plant at planting.
  • In a alpine house or raised beds or containers rock plant should be watered on a regular basis.
  • In alpine house soak the medium in which plants are plunged as well as the individual plants however;for species and cultivars that resent any moisture from above, soak the plunging medium only.
  • Deadhead rock plant where practical to encourage further flowering.
  • Always remove withered and damaged growth immediately.
  • Trim plants as required to maintain their neat compact form and where necessary to restrict their spread.

Some plant suggestions:

  • Ameria

  • Atennaria

  • Aquilegia

  • Campanula

  • Dianthus

  • Draba

  • Gesneraids

  • Gentiana

  • Haberlea

  • Hebes

  • Houseleeks

  • Lewisia

  • Penstemon

  • Phlox

  • Ramonda

  • Saponaria

  • Saxifages

  • Saxifraga

  • Stonecrop

 

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Copyright © 2008 Tanya Kime-Wallace

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  1. You have a growing expertise in horticulture I suppose. Well written article.

  2. Soil’s too sandy here for a scree but I recognize some of the plants from our garden up north. What a great article and the pics were wonderful. You’re a great teacher.

  3. Good job. My garden just grows rocks! :)
    Thanks,
    Clay

  4. Lovely article.

  5. Interesting article.

  6. Great advice supported with lovely pictures.

  7. I LIVE IN A SANDY AREA ALSO, BUT WITH SOME WORK, I THINK I CAN MAKE A ROCK GARDEN TOO! VERY NICE AND I HOPE YOU DON’T MIND IF I USE YOUR WRITE TO MY ADVANTAGE… I WILL HAVE A ROCK GARDEN… OH YES, I WILL!

  8. I have had rock gardens with mostly cacti, monkey grass,and the like. I like them because they don’t require much work.Love your pics, too.

  9. Very nice article

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