Interested in Irish moss pearlwort? Find out about this unique plant and how you can grow it at home…
Irish moss is an edible species of red algae. It is also known as pearlwort in some regions. The appearance of this seaweed is akin to that of a scratch proof sponge but when held in the hand it has a much softer feel.
Irish moss pearlwort is known as Sagina Subulata in the world of botany. The weedy plant has small star shaped flowers that blossom in spring. The flowers are known for their quick growth and great aesthetic appeal when used as filler between gray stone.
The unique plant can grow in versatile soil conditions. It does best in warmer climates where it tends to stay ever green. Irish moss pearlwort does best just shy of the sun. The plant has the tendency to become quite unattractive until the fall season commences. One thing is for sure, Irish moss pearlwort does not do well in either extremely dry conditions nor extremely wet.
How to grow Irish moss pearlwort
When left to grow, Irish moss Irish moss pearlwort actually forms a tight mound. As mentioned above it is renowned for its aesthetic appeal which is why it is popularly used as filler. Growing this plant in your homes is relatively easy. You will need some seeds of the plant along with a host of basic gardening supplies.
First of all you need to get your timing right. The best time to visit the nurseries in search of the plant is the spring and summer season. If you live in a warm climate zone then you can go for it at any time during the year.
It is important to choose healthy plants. Carefully inspect the leaves and flower buds to see if they show signs of good health. You will be able to find Irish moss pearlwort in four inch to one gallon containers. Make the purchase according to how much of the plant you need.
Choosing the appropriate site is also important. A site that receives full or partial sunlight will do best. The area you choose should also have well drained soil as the plant does not do well in wet feet.
Next up start digging holes for each plant. Make sure the holes are not any deeper than the plants themselves. This is because they will be growing in containers. The holes should be spaced at least six inches apart from each other. To this you will add some organic fertilizer in scarce quantity. This should be added to the wholes prior to potting the plant.
Mulch the area around the potting holes but make sure you don’t mulch on top of the plants. You can use up to three inches of organic compost. Make sure you water it well until you find the soil to be completely moist. The watering should be done on a weekly basis during the initial period which should last around a year. The same applies for summer seasons when rainfall is scarce.