How To Propagate Candytuft: A Step-by-Step Guide To Growing Your Own Plants

Close-Up Shot of White Annual Candytuft Flowers

Candytuft is a beautiful flowering plant that is popular for its delicate white flowers and bright green foliage. It is commonly grown in gardens, but did you know that it is also easy to propagate at home? Propagating candytuft is a great way to expand your garden without spending a lot of money. In this blog post, we will discuss how to propagate candytuft using two methods: by seed and by stem cuttings.

Method 1: Propagating Candytuft by Seed

One of the easiest ways to propagate candytuft is by seed. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Collect the Seeds

The first step in propagating candytuft by seed is to collect the seeds. You can do this by allowing the plant to flower and then produce seeds. The seeds are small, black, and shiny.

Step 2: Prepare the Soil

Next, prepare a well-draining soil mixture. Use a mixture of perlite and peat moss, or a pre-made seed-starting mix.

Step 3: Sow the Seeds

Sow the candytuft seeds on the surface of the soil mixture, and lightly press them into the soil. Do not cover them with soil, as they need light to germinate.

Step 4: Water the Seeds

Water the seeds gently, being careful not to wash them away. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.

Step 5: Provide Adequate Light

Place the seed tray in a warm, bright location. Candytuft seeds require light to germinate, so do not cover the tray with plastic wrap.

Step 6: Transplant the Seedlings

Once the candytuft seedlings have grown to a few inches tall, transplant them into larger containers or into your garden bed.

Method 2: Propagating Candytuft by Stem Cuttings

Another way to propagate candytuft is by taking stem cuttings. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Prepare the Cuttings

Take a 4- to 6-inch-long cutting from a healthy candytuft plant. Make the cut just below a node (the point where a leaf attaches to the stem).

Step 2: Remove the Lower Leaves

Remove the lower leaves from the cutting, leaving only the top two or three leaves.

Step 3: Dip the Cutting in Rooting Hormone

Dip the cut end of the stem cutting into rooting hormone powder. This will help the cutting develop roots.

Step 4: Plant the Cutting

Plant the cutting in well-draining soil. Make a small hole in the soil, and insert the cutting. Firmly press the soil around the cutting.

Step 5: Water the Cutting

Water the cutting well, and keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.

Step 6: Provide Adequate Light

Place the cutting in a warm, bright location but out of direct sunlight.

Step 7: Transplant the Cutting

Once the cutting has developed roots and is growing well, transplant it into a larger container or into your garden bed.


In conclusion, propagating candytuft is a simple and easy way to add more of these beautiful plants to your garden. Whether you choose to propagate by seed or by stem cuttings, both methods are effective and relatively simple. By following these steps, you can enjoy the beauty of candytuft in your garden for years to come.