All Things Gardening forum: Cerastium Saga

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Name: Rachael
NY (Zone 5a)
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EyeDelight
Apr 19, 2016 2:35 PM CST
I've been hunting for some ground covers that will compete with my bindweed and horse tail. I know it might be futile but I must try. I even got a blow torch to roast them with but I've been too scared to use it Rolling my eyes.

I digress, anyway I settled on Cerastium tomentosem ottherwise know as snow in summer. ( you might think with 8 months of winter is get enough snow but evidently not ;) ). So I got 12 of them from Michigan Bulb. All settled!

Not so fast..While browsing their site I saw the SIS is all sold out. Last year I ordered the endless perennial garden and it ended up being out of stock and now I have the most odd mishmash of plants in that one planter, few of which are suited to that area.

Fearing the same fate, I swung into action and emailed them about it. Turns out they had a crop failure and they are back ordered until June and there's no guarantee then either. I totally understand plants can be fickle and they have my sympathy. I needed to know though since I need as much time for them to grow as possible. They agreed to refund them and let me keep the lavender I had ordered along with the cerastium. That's what I get for ordering well ahead of time I guess.

Alright, need to find more. So I go a-hunting. Almost everywhere is out of stock or are selling plants mature enough that I can't afford them. By now my feathers are quite ruffled.

I happen to come across someone on eBay selling them. So I hastily order, knowing I'll get them before I can plant. In my haste I wasn't thinking they would be bare root. Well, eBay sucks for telling me they were delivered and by chance I decided to check my order thinking they would be here Monday of this week. OH NO!! They were sitting in my mailbox all day on the warmest day of the year so far!

I make a mad dash to the mailbox and find twelve little plant parts wrapped in paper towel, still damp thankfully. Oh crap! It's too soon to plant them but I don't have enough supplies to keep them. I end up scavenging some peat pots and plastic cups plus some seed starting mix and tried to figure out what is plant and what is root and stuffed them in there.

I paid almost 40$ for these, it's a selfish purchase because I shouldn't have but I won't feel so guilty if I can get them to grow nice and fluffy.

However, I'm not sure that's going to happen. They are sitting with my lilies in the bath tub ( they sprouted in the bag ) and I'm crossing my fingers. Here's a pic, do any of you fine gardening folks have any idea if they are viable ? One seems to be picking up...but the rest are still sad looking.

If they don't work I don't know where I can find any more and I had my heart set on these little guys.

I apologize if I posted in the wrong forum or I'm breaching some kind of etiquette. I post mobile and it's hard to navigate , I'm also really bad at foruming, if that's a word lol

Let me know what you think :)


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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Apr 19, 2016 5:55 PM CST
Just don't let them sit in water. They prefer a drier sandier soil. put them in a sunny place as they are hardy to zone 3 and like full sun. After your last frost date they should be ready to plant.

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFind...

http://www.perennials.com/plants/cerastium-tomentosum.html
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Apr 19, 2016 7:35 PM CST
They look as if they will survive with some TLC.
Had you considered just sowing Cerastium seeds?
Name: Rachael
NY (Zone 5a)
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EyeDelight
Apr 20, 2016 9:01 AM CST
Moon howl, their permanent home is basically a big dry sandy pile. It's part if why I chose them. I replanted them in a lasagna dish. It's all I've got >.< I think I buried the entire root this time and they're sitting in the sun. If they can just hang on for a couple weeks. One of them looks happy, at least I left that one alone.

CarolineScott,

I just got some seeds but from a brief read they can't be directly sown, but if all else fails that's my backup.

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