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Spreading Phlox - Phlox Diffusa Hardy Planting Zones - 3-9 Sun or Shade - Full Sun Mature Height - 4-6" Mature Width - 24" Bloom Season - Summer (June to September) Gardener Status - Beginner

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Spreading Phlox

Spreading Phlox (Phlox Subulata) known for its soft pastel hues need some expert smarts to care for and plant. If you are looking for the ease concerning ground coverage, consider harsh soil conditions or rockeries when growing spreading Phlox. You might also consider growing Spreading Phlox in a planter, part of a spring bed or between pavers.

Spreading Phlox have excellent characteristics such as being semi-evergreen and perennial. Five-pointed flowers with needle-like foliage come in white, pink, red, lavender and purple with a bluish tinge. Spreading Phlox produce spreading, long stems that become woody over time and bloom in the spring. It is necessary to cut Spreading Phlox over time because growth should be encouraged and the production of flowers diminish after some period. The average growth of a Spreading Phlox may have a 2-foot spread with plants reaching 4 to 6 inches.

So, how does one plant and care for Spreading Phlox? Since the plant has an excellent ability to grow in various conditions, most soils are a suitable and partial shade to full sun is a need for these plants to thrive. On the other hand, for maximum results, you should plant them in soils that are moist, can be drained and place them in a sunny location. Further, plant the Spreading Phlox in organic soil, do not bury the stem in the earth.

Spreading Phlox is the kind of plant that is low maintenance and just a little fertilizer and water (hot periods) is needed to foster new growth. Also, during periods of late winter, you could cut plants back to help facilitate more compact stems and new growth. Further, when it comes to Spreading Phlox, you have to watch out for mites and other plant pests and only use organic insecticide soap if you happen to notice an infestation.

More Spreading Phlox may be produced by preserving the root ball when splitting the plants. Just cut through the center with a spade or sharp soil knife and replant one of the halves in the original hole and the other in a new hole. The splitting process may be done every few years to make more new plants. If you are looking to try a soil-less plant medium, you can try using a plant hormone on cut stems for summer or fall.

Spreading Phlox Plant - Subulata
USDA Climate Zone: 3 - 9
Plant Height: 6 inches
Plant Width: 2 feet
Soil Type: Loose Medium Rich Soil
Sun: Full Sun To Part Shade

Spreading phlox is a perennial that is often called "mountain pinks." The fine, needle-like foliage produces five-pointed blossoms that appear in early spring. Shades of pink, purple, lavender, red and white provide an intense carpet of color. Just as the name implies, the plant's natural habit is trailing; therefore, it's popular in patio containers where the blooms spill and cascade over the sides.

Because this plant is almost maintenance-free, pest and disease resistant, it is a favorite for naturalizing road-bank plantings, rock-gardens, and edgings which give the area potential to explode in fresh spring hues. After the flush of color is fading, trim the tops to stimulate new growth.

Add some organic soil amendments before planting the new seedlings 18 to 24 inches apart, and water until they are established in their new environment. Then take a break and enjoy the visiting butterflies and hummingbirds that are attracted to the splendor of your efforts.