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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 1:37 pm    Post subject: mat formiong Reply with quote

what does mat forming mean in relation to alpines?

Edit : does it mean creeping?
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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It'll be really dense growth that spreads along the ground.

The plants can creep along and root as they grow forming a bigger mat, a lot of alpines tend to die off in the middle though when this happens.

If you think where the plants originate from...the open mountain slopes, they would need to be growing low, tight and compact to survive....

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have one at the bottom of one of my rockeries. It has spread quite a bit, over a foot in less than a year. I'm wondering if I peel off a portion, or portions, could it be transferred to another area?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should be able to. I have a ground cover plant called Arabis and it started it's life in a 3" pot. I now have it sowed right down the side of a slope in blocks. I take a clump each year and divide it .You only need a small piece of root and it will take off. It does get a bit straggly after a couple of years, when it does, just dig it up and sow a piece in it's place and a few more pieces any where you want them.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's good. I'm going to try it out and see if the clumps will take. Thanks for sharing the knowledge. Wink
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