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Creeping Soapwort [Saponaria ocymoides]

Creeping Soapwort [Saponaria ocymoides]

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Tips to reduce water use

We recommend mulching the beds.
Experience has shown that covering the ground with hay or straw can reduce evaporation by 80%. Keeping the beds evenly moist will create an optimal moist microclimate under the mulch. This not only helps the plants to grow, but also reduces the water consumption enormously. On our farm we only water every 2-3 days and irrigate a 200 m2 cultivation area in the Algarve in Portugal with 500l of water. Our beds are always moist, which promotes plant growth and crop quality.

It is also advisable to keep the beds moist at all times.
Even if the bed is not used for a certain period of time. Drying out the soil causes a huge reduction in the micro- and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in an infertile soil.
Tests have shown that the addition of water to the entire bed is lower over a longer period of time than if it is only poured selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured areas, as opposed to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed were filled with moisture.
Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to reach this level again and again.

Shippping and pickup information

We offer CTT shipping for seeds worldwide! With us you always get a tracking number to track your parcel. The shipping costs differ depending on the continent.
Here is a list of regions and prices:

National Shipping Portugal (with Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or Parcel up to 500g = €4.50
Parcel up to 2kg = €8
Parcel more than 2kg = €16

Europe shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €7
Parcel up to 500g = €9.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €14
Parcel up to 2kg = €20
Parcel more than 2kg = €40

United States shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €8.50
Parcel up to 500g = €15.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €24
Parcel up to 2kg = €33.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €67

World shipping (to all other areas)
Envelope up to 100g = €7
Parcel up to 500g = €14
Parcel up to 1kg = €21
Parcel up to 2kg = €31.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €63

After completing your order when you check out, you will receive an order confirmation email from us with your tracking number.

Pick up
You can pick up your order at any time by appointment at our farm or at the markets we visit. The possible pick-up options will be displayed to you directly when you check out.

Markets we visit can be found above in the menu bar under"Market Dates"

Creeping soapwort is a perennial, winter-hardy, ground-covering perennial from the mountains of the Alps. The medicinal plant is native particularly to the southern Alps and the mountain regions of Italy, Spain and France. The fast-growing rock garden plant is a low-growing and creeping species that is ideal for greening problematic, sunny embankments, fallow areas and for planting dry stone walls.
It develops oval, hairy leaves that are up to 2 cm wide and produces intense pink flowers. An extract containing saponin can be obtained from the roots, leaves and stems, which was used for cleaning in earlier times. As early as the 8th century BC, soapwort was used as soap by the Assyrians, and it is still very common in the Middle East today.

Creeping soapwort is an endangered wild plant species!

General information
Plant family: Caryophyllaceae
Lifecycle: Perennial
Days until harvest: 50 days
Plant hight approx: 20 cm
Root type: Shallow rooter
Nutrient requirements: Low
Water requirements: Low
Winter hardiness: until -20°C
Location: Sunny
Soil: Permeable, dry, sandy, loamy

pH value: 5 to 7

Information on sowing and planting
Germ type: Light and cold germinator
Sowing depth: 0 cm
Best germination temperature: 5-15°C
Germination time: 10-25 days
Plant-, row distance: 20x40 cm

Optimal mix culture: 
Unfavorable mix culture: 

Planting information

Other names
Latin botanical names: Saponaria ocymoides
English names: Creeping soapwort 
German names: Kriechendes Seifenkraut, Rotes Seifenkraut
Portuguese names: 
Spanish names: 
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Potent germination capacity: 2-3 years

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