Armeria grow and care – herbaceous of the genus Armeria also known as Thrift plant, Armeria perennial evergreen plant, grow as ornamental plant and can used as groundcover and flowers can be used as cut flower, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 2-9 and with the right care in hardiness zone 10.
Armeria leaves and flowers
Leaves color green or green with white, green with purple, purple or red, in linear shape.
Flower color purple, white, red or pink, the flowers grow on stems, flowers small connected in the base and create shape of pompom.
Well drained soil, rocky or sandy soil, better dry soil
How to care: In location with a lot of rains better to plant it in raising bad, fertilize at least once a year
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction
Divide the plants: Dividing plants in the spring, water the soil before and try gently to take without the to cut the roots
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No, unless need specific color, but easier to start by divide roots than to start by seeds
Difficulties or problems when growing: Nothing special
Planting season: Spring in hardiness zone 2-4, spring to summer in hardiness zone 5-8, spring to autumn 9, autumn or spring in hardiness zone 10a, autumn to spring in hardiness zone 10b
How to plant: Planting in well-drained soil, dig a hole bigger than the plants add organic matter and when planting cover lightly
Pests and diseases: Generally pest free
Pruning season: Autumn / Winter
How to prune: Dead leaves and bloom stems
Size of the plant: 5-25 cm 2-10 inch
Growth speed in optimal condition: Medium growing / Fast growing
Water requirement: Average amount of water to small amount of water, the plants after establish drought tolerant, important that the plant will be good drainage
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun / Half Shade (will bloom less) and in hardiness zone 10b better half shade
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a pot, planter, flowerpot or containers: Yes, when growing in containers need to choose container that 50-100% bigger than the roots ball, minimum 5L (1.3 gallon) better bigger at least 10L (2.6 gallons) need pot will be wide and shallow the roots not too much deep, drainage of the soil it’s important choose right soil and make enough holes, soil better to be sandy, clay or loamy or potting mix, but after few years drainage of the soil not function the same so need to change it to new soil, when keep the plants in small pot need to reduce the amount of plants that grow in the pot and also cut some of the roots when switch soil.
Bloom season? Spring / Summer
General information about the flower: Purple, red, white or pink flowers, flowers small connected in the base and create shape of pompom, the flowers grow on stems.
How to grow Armeria from seeds
Sowing requirement: Light moist soil with good drainage, well-drained soil, temperature from 15-20C (59-68F)
Saving seeds and care until sowing: Dry, dark and in the refrigerator or cold location
Sowing season: Spring / Summer
How to plant: Plant in soil that will be light and soil, possible to use vermiculite