AETHIONEMA (Lebanon Cress) Cruciferae A. cordifolium
HABITAT: Native to mountains of Southern Turkey and Lebanon. Perennial.
USES: Border, rock garden, cut flowers.
HABIT: Perennial with many un-branched stems, with linear, somewhat fleshy, blue-green small leaves. Rose-pink flowers with petals up to one-half inch on stems to six inches. Flowers appear in May and June on these compact plants resembling Candytuft.
SEED GERMINATION: For earliest flowering start seeds indoors in late winter, about six to eight weeks before last frost. Spread moist Park's Grow Mix even with the top of a shallow container. Sow seeds in shallow rows and cover to their thickness. Bottom water and place in warm location about 70°F. Gentle bottom heat with a soil-heating cable speeds germination. Keep moist, never allow to dry out. After seeds sprout, provide plenty of light, avoid excessive watering and drafts. When four leaves develop, transplant 2 1/4" pots. After danger of frost, set out to harden plants in a protected area for two or three days.
CULTURE: Plant in a sunny site that has good drainage and soil. Enhance poor soil by incorporating organic material such as peat moss, compost, or leaf mold. Set plants 12 inches apart.
INSECTS: Aphids: Use an approved insecticide such as Malathion or Rotenone for control. Root Knot Nematode: Use an approved insecticide if available. Caterpillar: Use an approved insecticide such as Sevin for control.
DISEASES: Mildew: Use an approved fungicide such as Benlate for control. Rust: Use every 7-10 days an approved fungicide such as Ferbam or Zineb.
PROPAGATION: Division, cuttings, seed.