Sea Thrift Plant (Armeria maritima)
The name “sea thrift” refers to the fact that these plants are often found floating in the ocean or washed ashore after being lost at sea. They are not usually grown commercially because they don’t have many desirable traits like size, shape, color, or flower form.
However, some gardeners grow them as houseplants for their beauty and unique foliage pattern.
Sea thrift plants are native to tropical waters around the world. Their leaves may vary from greenish yellow to brownish red, but all varieties have a distinctive leaf pattern with multiple leaflets arranged in a spiral.
These plants do best when planted in full sun and watered regularly.
They prefer moist soil and will survive dry conditions if provided with plenty of water during wet periods. If allowed to become too dry, the leaves will wither and die.
Sea thrift plants require very little care. They need regular watering, but not excessively so.
Watering them too much could cause them to rot or even kill them. When growing sea thrift plants in your home garden, make sure you provide plenty of room for the plants. They spread out over time and can grow up to three feet in diameter. When grown as houseplants, they are best placed by a sunny window where they can receive at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.
How To Grow Thrift Plant In The Garden
Gardeners love growing thrift plant because of its colorful flowers and lush foliage. It’s a tough, adaptable plant that can survive in many different kinds of soil as long as the area is well drained.
It is a good companion plant for other flowers and vegetables.
These plants can be grown from seed, but you should start them indoors eight to ten weeks before the last frost in your area. Sow two to three seeds per pot and lightly cover them with soil.
Keep the pots in a warm place until the seeds sprout, then transplant the young plants into individual pots that are at least 10 inches across.
Cut off the weakest seedling and leave the strongest one in each pot. Thrift plants grow very quickly and will be ready for your garden in about eight weeks.
When you’re ready to transfer them from their pots to the garden, dig a hole deep and wide enough for the root ball. Set the plant in place and fill in with soil.
Water the plant thoroughly and continue to provide plenty of water when soil is dry. They do need quite a bit of water, especially if it is hot.
If you see new growth starting to emerge, this means that your plant is getting enough water.
Thrift plants grow best in full sun and well-drained soil. They can tolerate poor soil as long as it has good drainage.
These plants do not grow well in clay soil, but can be improved by adding organic matter like peat moss or compost.
These plants are very hardy and can survive under adverse conditions. They can also tolerate salt spray and full sun.
They may be damaged by frost, so if you still have a few weeks of frost in your area, it is best to keep them inside or protect them somehow.
Sources & references used in this article:
Knowing capitalism by N Thrift – 2005 – books.google.com
The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb: 400 Thrifty Tips for Saving Money, Time, and Resources as You Garden by JW Studebaker – 1918 – Scott, Foresman
Jane Eyre Thrift Study Edition by A Fowler – 2018 – Kyle Books