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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Ageratum

I decided to make a little seed base. Many times I was looking for information about some plant and couldn't find anything. So I'll make one of the plants I know or have. Hopefully it will help somebody when they end up in same problems.

I decided to start with my favorite flower:


                                          Ageratum
                               (Mirisna kunica, Floss flower)


Ageratum (Ageratum houstonianum) is an annual plant that is usually grown because of it's color and beautiful flowers.
There are many varieties of Ageratums but there are 3 basic colors: white, pink and lavender-blue
It can grow from bushes of 30cm ( 11in) to the big plants that are almost 1 meter tall (40in)
Flowers last from late spring till fall( first hard frost)
Ageratum likes sunny or partly sunny places.

Growing Ageratum is easy. It can go directly outside if you live in warm place.
If you have a climate like mine (hardiness zone 7) then you'll need to plant them in pots first.
Seeds need 5-8 days on 21°C (70F) to germinate and 6-8 weeks to grow. So you can plant them in pots and transplant it after the danger of final frost is gone.
Space between 2 plants should be from 25-30cm (10-12in)
Once outside there isn't much work around it. Ageratum can tolerate drought pretty good so if you water it a few times a week it should blossom whole summer.

I love this flower but I have to say that they can be a but difficult if you have them in the yard. They can grow like crazy, almost like weeds so if you want a garden that has every plant in the right place (French garden) this plant is not for you.
If you want to grow it in balcony pots go ahead. Ageratum is very decorative plant.


Collecting seeds from Ageratum is also easy. Seeds are located under the flower. So when the flower turns brown just brush off the petals and you'll find seeds. Every flower gives many seeds so you can get a lot of seeds every fall.


I have to mention that Ageratum is toxic for grazing animals so plant it where there are no animals that will eat it ☺

Some people say that this flower looks like weed, but if you want a garden that looks a bit wild this is a plant you should have in mind. ☺







                                       

2 comments:

  1. This was my first year volunteering at the sale. For a couple hours, I directed people to the checkout line and answered questions.forsythia for sale

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  2. Thank you, I was looking for a way to extend the life of my Ageratum past this fall. Can't wait to plant the seeds in the spring!

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