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Planting soapwort - varieties and important information about location & soil


With its delicate pink flowers, the soapwort is not only an eye-catcher in the garden, the plant is also known as a medicinal herb. It can also be easily planted in the home garden.

Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) belongs to the clove family and is a plant that is widespread in our latitudes. While the common soapwort has also been used as a detergent in the past and is mentioned in traditional Chinese medicine, a form with filled inflorescences has become common in our gardens. The soapwort there is a handsome appearance, easy to care for and flexible. What needs to be considered when planting the soap herbs can now be read.

Find the right location

Soapwort has a wide distribution area, which suggests that it is a robust and adaptable plant. The common soapwort occurs in Europe, in western Asia or in Siberia. The plants grow there at altitudes of around 800 meters.

The adaptability with regard to the location can be recognized by the occurrence on rubble heaps, on river banks or in weed corridors. Sparse locations where nothing has really grown so far can be populated with soapwort. A rich flowering is then not to be expected, but the plant is unlikely to die.

If you want to offer the soapwort optimal growth conditions, you should choose a sunny location. The location should still not be too dry.

Choose the ideal substrate

In order for the plants to develop well and bloom profusely, a loose and permeable soil is a good prerequisite.

" Tip: Soils that are too dry can be upgraded with compost and mulch.

The soil can be slightly acidic and even slightly calcareous soils are tolerated.

Planting soapwort - explained step by step

Beachten Note planting time
❷ Select location
❸ Dig out the planting hole
Einsetzen Insert the plant
❺ Install root lock
❻ Close the planting hole
❼ Press the floor well
❽ Water the plant sufficiently

Soapwort can be planted in spring or autumn. Spring is best suited for planting, as the plants can strengthen themselves sufficiently until winter and grow well. When planting, it should be noted that the plants form long runners and expand accordingly. The soapwort in the garden bed can be stopped by installing a root barrier. Root locks are embedded in the soil during planting and are made of a special material that does not rot and prevents the roots from expanding.

" Watch out: Soapwort should not be planted near fish ponds. If the foothills reach the water, toxins are released there, which can lead to consequential damage to the flora and fauna of the garden pond.

Plant soapwort in a tub

The soapwort is very suitable for planting containers and can therefore also be cultivated on the balcony and terrace. When choosing the planter, it should be borne in mind that the plants like to expand and the underground runners branch out densely. The bucket should therefore be of sufficient size. A soil rich in humus, with a little sand added, is suitable as a substrate.

" Tip: Container plants should be watered regularly and need winter protection.

Variety for bed and pots

The soapwort is not only an eye-catcher in isolation, the plant offers a particularly appealing picture in the immediate vicinity of aconite, lavender or thimble. The group planting of different soap herbs is also worthwhile.

Some varieties are now presented in more detail:

Filled Soapwort

This variety can grow up to 80 centimeters high. The flowering period extends from June to October. The double white flowers sprout from the pink buds. The stuffed soapwort is particularly popular as a cut flower.

Cushion soapwort

The upholstered soapwort is only about 15 centimeters high. The pink flowers appear particularly dense. The upholstered soapwort can be combined very well with the higher growing soapwort and also used as an underplant in the tub.

Soapwort “Bessingham”

This dwarf among the soap herbs just grows to a height of five centimeters. The plant is therefore very suitable as ground cover and can line and limit the discounts. The flowers are strikingly attractive, colored pink and provided with a white throat.

Summer Seifenkraut

With a height of about 40 centimeters, the summer soapwort catches the eye. During the summer months, the pink flowers reminiscent of carnations delight their viewers.

Alpine soapwort

Here we are dealing with a particularly robust plant representative. The hobby gardener can also use the plant to plant dry walls. The yellow flowers make a pretty one