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How to Grow Trailing Soapwort

Written by Mindy on April 9th, 2015

Have you ever just had that spot in your garden that you had no idea what to do with?  Well, my dad does.  It has a unique slop, a pipe under the ground, and it is in full sun.  Also, my dad does not want to have plant it each year, which he has had to do for 40 plus years.  What to do, what to do?  Well, this is where good old trailing soapwort comes into play.

As the name applies, it can be used to make soap but my real concern is finding something that is easy to grow for my dad.  Believe it or not, trailing soapwort fills this bill.

trailing.soapwortTo begin this process, one needs to check out their environment.  Trailing soapwort really does well in any type of soil as long as it is well draining.  If you really want to make this plant happy, make sure the soil has a pH of 5.0 to 7.0.  If this is not possible or if you a carefree gardener like my dad then any pH will do.

As far as watering goes, trailing soapwort likes a soil moisture level that is even.  What do I mean by this?  This plant is like Goldie Locks.  It like its evenly moist but it is very adaptive and can take some droughts along with times of high moisture.

When it comes to planting this plant, it can be propagated in two ways.  Seeds can be planted or the plant can be divided.  When planting the seed, it can be started indoors or my favorite is to just broadcast the seed over the area.  While you will have numerous seeds to germinate, the broadcasting approach will force you to thin the plants out.  Trailing soapwort actually grows pretty quick.  In doing so, it is best to thin and/or plant the seedlings so that they are 6 to 10 inches apart.

Once planted, you will never need to do anything and I mean nothing.  As a matter of fact, you will not need to fertilize this plant and if you do you could cause harm.  Fertilizing this plant will cause the growth to become spindly.

While the requirements of this plant are very vast, one requirement that it is a stickler about is the sunlight.   Trailing soapwort requires at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight.

One caution when it comes to this plant.  It is toxic when eaten by humans, pets or other animals.  In doing so, plan and plant accordingly.


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