Oysterplant

Leaves that taste like oysters !
Common name : Oysterplant
Scientific name : Mertensia maritima
Family : Rosaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Sun loving
Sun loving
The oysterplant, or Mertensia maritima, is a perennial of the borage family that grows well in cool, sandy, semi-shade or full sun. The leaves are alternate on the stems, oval, blue, they have the taste and consistency of oysters. Between June and October they form flowers in blue trumpets, whose corolla is made of 5 welded petals.

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 7a
Height 10 - 15
pH 6 - 8

Plant my oysterplant

Plant preferably between September and the end of November or between March and the end of April, when the winter reserves are formed and the temperatures are not too low. Bury the roots a few centimeters so that the foliage is flush. Fill and pack well around the plant so as not to leave a pocket of air. Water copiously just after planting. If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.

Water my oysterplant

Water regularly in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

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