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Do Alpines come back every year?

Last Updated: 5th February, 2020

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Most alpines can be planted at any time of year, but they become established faster if you plant them in spring or autumn. If you are unsure of the appropriate planting time, check the label or enquire at a garden centre. Alpines are not usually fussy plants but tend to dislike waterlogged soil.

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Then, are Alpines perennial?

Alpine Perennial Collection. Alpines are a collection of plants that originate from mountainous or rocky regions. They have a compact habit, making them excellent for ground cover, and can be planted in borders, rockeries, raised beds and patio containers.

Likewise, how often do you water alpine plants? This can be given perhaps every 3 or 4 weeks or so when watering during the growing season.

Similarly, it is asked, do alpine plants survive winter?

Alpines are some of the most charming plants you can grow, and they're currently enjoying renewed popularity. Many alpines are hardy, so can cope with cold winters. However they don't like standing in cold, wet soil, so the main thing to consider when growing them is drainage.

When should I plant alpines?

When to plant March and April is the best time plant out pot-grown alpines. This is when the soil is moist and starting to warm up. This allows the roots to grow and settle-in before the drier summer arrives.

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Do Alpines need special soil?

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Do alpines like sun?

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Can I plant alpines now?

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Do alpine plants need feeding?

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Can you split alpine plants?

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Do you cut back Alpines?

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Can you use bubble wrap to protect plants from frost?

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How do alpine plants survive?

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What is a true alpine plant?

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How often should you water a rock plant?

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Can you grow alpines in pots?

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You can exploit their natural requirements sucessfully in containers. They are also very drought tolerant, so they are ideal for rock gardens or for planting in cracks between paving or walls, and window boxes.

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Will Alpine plants grow in clay soil?

Alpines can be very easy to grow, and are not fussy!
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