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Questions About Candytuft

Asked by
Anonymous on
July 26, 2011

Q. Grass Growing Amongst My Candytuft

I have long grass growing in and amongst my candytuft. How do I kill it out without killing the candytuft? Or do I just dig it all up and start over? I’m not opposed to chemicals if I need them.

Answered by
Nikki on
July 27, 2011
Certified Expert
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Most grass in garden beds can be easily pulled up (though it may be time consuming) and followed with the addition of a 1/2" thick layer of (moist) newspaper topped with 2" mulch. You can also use a non-selective herbicide, such as glyphosate (Roundup), which has the potential to kill any plant on contact. However, with care this can be used as a spot spray in flower beds, avoiding contact with desirable plants. Don't do this on a windy day. If feasible, you might want to cover your candy tuft with trash bags while you spray, and for about half an hour after. It will dry rather quickly, kill the grass, and will not stay in the soil.

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Asked by
CrazyBasenjiLady on
May 9, 2014

Q. Candytuft (Zone 9) under drought conditions

How would Candytuft do in South Texas (Corpus Christi area) during drought condition? I am looking for anything other than traditional mulch–something more natural and less taxing on my hubby’s back. Ground cover plants are what I want, but can they handle the heat?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
May 9, 2014
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https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/candytuft/growing-candytuft.htm
Candy tuft likes good drainage, but it needs watering in dry places; also it needs to be cut back after blooming. Here's an article on good perennials for South Texas; some of them are ground covers: https://bexar-tx.tamu.edu/earth-kind-horticulture/best-plants-for-bexar-county-south-texas/perennial-plants-for-south-texas-landscapes/

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Asked by
Lexart256 on
March 15, 2015

Q. Is candytuft deer resistant

I live at the edge of a woods and we so have deer that come close.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 14, 2015
Certified Expert
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I have not seen Candytuft listed as a deer resistant plant.

Here is a link that has some suggestions for plants that are known to be deer resistant.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/animals/camouflage-gardening.htm

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Asked by
rharter001 on
December 20, 2015

Q. Pink Ice Candytuft

The cold weather has killed the leaves on my candytuft. How far back should I prune?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
December 21, 2015
Certified Expert
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You can cut the plant back to nearly the ground.
If you plant has not been pruned regularly I would prune 1/3 now and then another third early in spring prior to leafing out.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/candytuft/growing-candytuft.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 19, 2016

Q. candytuft

My candytuft needs to be cut back so I will do that in the fall, but the flowers are already spent and it’s only May. What do I do to get it to keep flowering? I also didn’t know they like acidic soil, so I will take care of that.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 20, 2016
Certified Expert
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If you cut the stems back by 1/3 after they bloom in the spring this may encourage a re-bloom come fall.

For more information on the care of candytuft, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/candytuft/growing-candytuft.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 7, 2018

Q. Planting candytuft.

I bought candytuft plants from a nursery; how deep should the planting hole be?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 7, 2018
Certified Expert
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Dig a hole twice as wide as the container and plant the perennial at the same depth as it was in the nursery pot.

Here is a link with care information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/candytuft/growing-candytuft.htm

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Asked by
mike.manheimdvm on
April 1, 2018

Q. Candy tuft

What is the recommendation on trimming candy tuft. Let it bloom and then trim..
Should this be trimmed low to the ground in the fall.
I live in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Thx

Answered by
BushDoctor on
April 2, 2018
Certified Expert
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Yes, this will be fine. This should be done every other year anyways to keep the plant from developing thick, woody stems. This article will give you more information on the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/candytuft/growing-candytuft.htm

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