The Q&A Archives: Maintaining Creeping Phlox

Question: Last year I purchased 30 flats of creeping phlox for 1 cent each on clearance & am tickled pink with this bargain. I would love to know the secret to maintaining their beauty & how to make them spread. ( Have tried these before & they have died off )They are in bloom now.

Answer: Perennial, or creeping phlox, produces spectacular color in spring (although some bloom in summer). Plants thrive in full sun or part shade, in moist, well-drained, fertile soil. Deadhead regularly to keep plants looking neat. Phlox are highly prone to mold in warm, damp weather; to minimize the risk, site where air circulation is good (do not plant near walls) and thin plants after bloom so there's some space between them. Try to avoid wetting the leaves when watering, or water early in the day so the leaves have a chance to dry out before nightfall. Good luck with your phlox!

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