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How to grow alpines

Find out how to grow alpines like lewisia, saxifrage and more, in this detailed Grow Guide.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December


Plant does flower in January

Plant does flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does flower in November

Plant does flower in December

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Cut back

Do not Cut back in January

Do not Cut back in February

Do not Cut back in March

Do not Cut back in April

Do not Cut back in May

Do not Cut back in June

Do not Cut back in July

Do not Cut back in August

Do not Cut back in September

Do Cut back in October

Do Cut back in November

Do not Cut back in December

Alpine is a term used for plants that originate from high altitudes above the tree line. They therefore enjoy an open position with good drainage and can tolerate cold.

Alpines are at home on a rock garden, planted in crevices or in alpine troughs. Alpines are low growing and the term embraces many different genera. Choose from herbaceous or small woody perennials. Popular alpines include saxifrage, helichrysum and lewisia. The good news is that the choice is huge and plants are often very reasonable priced at the garden centre. If you plan well you could have an alpine in flower every month of the year.

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