Growing Ice Plant

Growing Ice Plant


Growing some ice plants in your garden can be an exciting work because of its beautiful pink daisy flowers. You should grow them carefully because they are bit of invasive in some occasions. It is usually planted as a flowering ground cover plant which can add extra landscaping value to your backyard. They have a strong spreading ability and most of them can reach 5 or 6 inches in height.


Ice plants can tolerate most soil types including some unwelcomed ones like clay soil. It prefers to grow in warm climate and you should avoid the being suffered from frost in winter. Also, it is a good candidate for suppress the growth of weeds and resist most harmful pests easily. It is one of the common plants on the roadside due to its above characteristics. The only drawback of this plant is that it is considered as invasive especially in warm areas. They can grow more than three feet in height in a single year, and they are also planted in the hill slopes to hold the soil from being flushed away.

Although it can be cultivated from seeds, the simplest way to grow ice plant is to grow from cuttings. The cutting should be at least two inches in length and they should be taken from other healthy plants. Well-drained soil is the best environment for transplanting the plants. Its roots can be easily and quickly established. Some spaces should be left between two adjacent plants because they may grow rapidly and a close distance will make them interfere with each other. If it is becoming too invasive for other plants, you can just remove some ice plants entirely. You should make sure their roots are completely removed and some mulch should be applied to ensure that they will not come back.

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