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Lithodora diffusa 'White Star' (P)

Lithodora diffusa 'White Star' (P)

Consumer Information

Narrative Description:

A neat alpine, with compact evergreen cushions, plump needles of foliage, which burst into life in spring: star-spangled flowers of blue margins and brushstrokes of white down the central mid-rib, as opposed to white margins and blue mid-rib yielded on the equally well known Blue Star.

Ideal Conditions:

Prefers full sun, or partial shade with free-draining, low-lime (acidic) soil or compost.

Possible Situation:

Fantastic in borders, rock gardens or in alpine containers for the patio.

Resilience:

Hardy

Habit:

Spreading

Height x Spread / Trail:

25 x 20 cm

Features:

Typical Season:

Spring

Summer

Flower Colour:

blue

white

Foliage Colour:

green

Flowering Time:

April - September

Planting Recommendations:

Bed/Border

Container

Prefers:

Full Sun

Part Sun

Temperature Tolerance:

A hardy plant which should survive normal winter conditions outside, especially if protected from the hardest frosts.

Plant Care:

Cut back hard after flowering. Transplant with care as it resents excessive root disturbance.

Cultural Information

Family:

BORAGINACEAE

Genus:

Lithodora

Species:

diffusa

Cultivar:

White Star

UPOV:

TAKCAL

UPOV No:

EUPVR 27378

Category:

Alpines

Recommended Pot Sizes:

9cm

11cm

1Ltr

3Ltr+

Pot Spacing:

Leave enough room so that foliage does not overlap within crop time.

Typical time required from pot to sale:

24 weeks over Winter

14 weeks in Spring / Summer

Based on producing a finished pot size of 1L for plug products and 2L for liner products. (*)

Growing Media / Irrigation / Water Capacity:

Free draining - keep evenly moist

Feeding / Fertilser
(during crop time):

NPK balanced feeding

Feeding Frequency:

Requires infrequent feeding (Low EC)

Recommended pH:

4.5 to 5.0

Growth Regulation PGR:

Due to the current approval situation, please contact your PGR provider

Temperature During Production:

Cool crop 4 - 12C

Temperature During Transport:

12-16C

Availability

Available for Delivery:

August - May

Recommended Sales Window:

January - June

Forecast Availability:

Wk/Yr:21/2451/2409/2519/25
Qty:109275

Please note: this forecasted availability is a guide only. Quantities can be increased or produced earlier on request.

P&D Susceptibility

Common Pests:

Common Diseases:

Botrytis

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Additional Notes (*):

All information provided is based on producing a default finished pot size of 1L for our plug products, and 2L for 7cm and 9cm liner products. For alternative pot sizes please adjust cultural notes accordingly.

Finishing times - Based on average estimated climatic and environmental conditions, and are for guidance purposes only.

Temperature These conditions assume a protected ornamental growing environment. Recommended growing is generally above 5C.

Feeding Does not specify controlled release or liquid fertiliser application. This choice will depend on your conditions, requirements and preferences please contact your fertiliser consultant for suitable products to meet your requirements.

Growing media and pH Is shown for guidance purposes only - please contact your growing media consultant for suitable growing media to meet your requirements.



Disclaimer

This information is for guidance purposes only and is based upon our own growing environment and experience during trials. It is wise to use your own knowledge about your growing conditions and local environment in order to make informed cultural decisions.