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Ageratum - flower bed and balcony decoration

Some ornamental plants can be admired both in the garden and at home. These plants include ageratum... Now this beautiful plant can often be found in city flower beds, where it creates a solid carpet with its small fluffy flowers.

The Latin name of this plant comes from the Greek ageratoswhich means "not aging, always young, long-flowering". It is clear that it received this name not by chance, but precisely over a long period of flowering. In Russia, the ageratum received a popular name long-flowered.

In the photo: blooming ageratum in a flower bed with begonia

Features of culture

Ageratums bloom (Ageratum) fluffy lavender blue, blue, lilac, carmine or pale pink, as well as white flowers. Different types of ageratum have a height of 20 to 75 cm.

This plant begins to bloom 1.5-2 months after sowing, so growers often grow it through seedlings in order to accelerate flowering, which, having begun, will then continue until frost and even before the first snow falls.

In the North-West of Russia, flower growers grow mainly Houston Ageratum or Mexican... Blooming ageratum can decorate lawn borders or flower beds. Since it blooms for a very long time, it is quite possible to use it as a pot plant to decorate balconies or terraces. A good effect is the inclusion of flowering ageratum in compositions of ampelous plants in baskets. Plants of various heights can be used in the landscape, depending on the variety, it can be from 10 to 60 cm.

Ageratum varieties and hybrids

Ageratum has numerous varieties and hybrids, differing in terms of flowering, flower color, height, leaf shape. Ageratum varieties and hybrids with different colors behave differently in the open field. As a rule, varieties with blue, blue, purple flowers look most impressive in planting on flower beds, but white flowers can acquire a dirty gray or yellowish tint. It has been noticed that flowers of varieties with a pink color often fade in the sun, becoming whitish. The following varieties can be found most often on sale:

Blue mink - one of the best medium-sized varieties. Plant height 25-30 cm. Inflorescences are dense, dark lilac-blue. This variety is sometimes found commercially under the name Blue Mink.

Fairy Pink - the variety is characterized by plants with a height of 20-30 cm. Inflorescences are loose, bright lilac in buds and dark pink during full flowering.

Ocean - plant height 20 cm, color of flowers light blue, leveled, early variety.

Pink beauty - this variety forms compact plants 15-20 cm high with bright pink buds and light pink inflorescences.

Bavaria - a very beautiful variety with a height of 25-30 cm with loose large inflorescences of a two-color color: the center of the inflorescence-basket is pale blue, almost white, around it there are thin bright blue petals in the form of a fringe.

Schnittwunder - Plants 60 cm high with blue inflorescences. Popular with florists and hybrids:

Blue horizon f1 - plant height 60-80 cm, lilac-blue inflorescences.

Weisser Schnitt F1 - a beautiful hybrid with plants 60 cm high with white flowers.

Blaue donau f1 - forms plants with blue-lilac inflorescences 10-15 cm high, blooms very early.

Nepttune Blue F1 - plant height 15 cm, very compact bush with dark blue flowers.

Royal Hawaii F1 - Plants 15 cm high with purple-violet flowers.

White Hawaii F1 - This plant is 18 cm high and has white flowers.

Reproduction

The biological features of the long-flowered flower allow it to be propagated as seedsand vegetatively... Initially, plant breeding begins from seeds, later in the second half of summer it can reproduce itself by layering - the tops of some stems sink to the ground and take root there. This is a property of one of the varieties, presumably it was a variety Blue mink, I discovered this summer in the central flowerbed of one of the kindergartens in the city of Kirov, working as a gardener.

In the photo: ageratum layers in a flower bed

Then I found confirmation of this in the articles of other authors. However, the most well-known method of vegetative propagation of ageratum is grafting, used on overwintered long-flowered flowers. Its meaning is that it is useless to collect seeds from plants of hybrid origin, since they are genetically heterogeneous, that is, the offspring will have splitting of traits. Therefore, many growers do this: in the fall, they dig up flowering bushes (like mother plants of chrysanthemums) and bring them into frost-free rooms, where ageratums continue to bloom all winter. In fact, ageratum turns into an ornamental flowering houseplant.

Likewise, it is grown all year round in greenhouses to be used for arranging bouquets or for cutting. In the spring, with the onset of March, ageratum is cut into cuttings and rooted at a temperature of + 18 ... + 20 ° C. Rooting occurs very quickly, so in the second half of May it can be transplanted and arranged in a group flower garden or in a border.

Growing seedlings and planting in a flower bed

You can sow seeds in both February and March. Florists recommend simply sprinkling seeds on the surface of leveled and moistened soil and covering the box with foil or glass. For normal germination of ageratum, a temperature of + 16 ... + 22 ° C and diffused lighting are sufficient. Seedlings appear quite quickly - usually as early as 6-7 days, but ageratum can emerge within two weeks. When two or three real leaves grow, the plants dive, that is, they are planted according to the principle: one pot - one plant.

Young plants should be planted in the ground after the danger of frost has passed. They are placed at a distance of 15 to 25 cm, depending on the variety. It must be remembered that ageratum does not like soils richly filled with organic matter. In this case, he begins to vegetate strongly, and as a result, flowering is delayed. The dog flower prefers neutral or slightly alkaline soils.

Some growers suggest feeding ageratums every ten days, however, on sufficiently fertile soils, you can get by with 2-3 dressings per season. I noticed that the plants began to look the most beautiful after foliar feeding with Siliplant micronutrient fertilizer.

Plant protection

Ageratums can be damaged by aphids, leaf and gall nematodes, spider mites, whiteflies, root rot, and cucumber mosaic virus can be affected. Aphids, whiteflies and spider mites can be fought with a biological product Fitoverm... The drug partially helps from nematodes Narcissus... For the prevention of root rot, it is advisable to use such biological products as Glyocladin (brought into the hole during landing), Fitosporin-M, Alirin-B... Our table of goods for giving will help you to purchase them.

Alexander Zharavin

Photo by the author and E. Valentinov


Growing Ageratum Blue Mink from seed

Many people exclusively grow Ageratum "Blue Mink" from seeds. Sowing is carried out from about the middle to the end of March. For this, the boxes are filled with special pride, which contains sand, peat and humus (1: 1: 1).

It is advisable to sprinkle the seeds of Ageratum "Blue Mink" with a small layer of earth. Then the container is covered with glass or film and removed to a warm place where the temperature is more than 17 degrees. Sowing plots must be ventilated every day. It is advisable to moisten the soil regularly, it should not dry out.

Watering Ageratum "Blue Mink" is desirable with a spray. The first shoots will be noticeable after 2 weeks, after which the film can be removed.

When the first leaves are formed at the sowing, they are seated a little more spaciously. It is desirable to carry out a pick 2 times. During the second pick, the plants are planted in separate cups.

Ageratums need dry air and moist soil. Watering is desirable in the morning. A few weeks before disembarkation, it is recommended to take them outside for hardening. This should only be done if frost is not predicted.

Seed preparation

Ageratum "Blue Mink" requires loose and light soil, on heavy soil "Blue Mink" will not be able to fully develop, the roots are likely to get sick, and flower ovaries are not formed at all. You can buy ready-made earthen mixture in shops for gardeners or prepare it yourself. Such a mixture should consist of the following components:

  • fertile soil (garden soil, peat, black soil)
  • coarse river sand or any other baking powder (ash, sawdust)
  • high-moor peat or leaf humus.

All components are taken in the same ratio, mixed and subjected to thermal and chemical treatment. There is a so-called hot method - this is frying the ready-made mixture in the oven or over a fire in the garden. The chemical method is the treatment of the mixture with drugs. They can easily be found in the store and applied according to the instructions; dosages are also indicated there.

Soil preparation

To begin with, the landing should be carried out after the frost ends. The land must be fertilized and plowed, it must be light and fertile.

Drainage is required. The Blue Mink is not very demanding on the ground. In loosened soil, you need to make small holes at a distance of 15 cm from each other. Seedlings are planted at the same depth at which they grew in a glass. 60 days after planting Ageratum "Blue Mink" blooms.

Sowing seedlings

Seedlings of Ageratum "Blue mink" do not like dampness very much. It can be planted in the garden only after the onset of the warm season, planting in holes at a distance of at least 15 cm from each other. The sprouts must receive high-quality lighting, as well as regular watering. At the end of May, Ageratum can already be planted in open ground. The soil should be drainage and non-acidic. Before planting, it is advisable to loosen the ground well and prepare the holes.

To prevent seedlings from dying, gardeners recommend following simple tips:

  1. The plant should be watered as soon as the soil is dry. The main thing is not to overdo it. Waterlogging will have a negative effect, watering should be regular, but not plentiful. You should also take into account the humidity in the room and navigate when the earth dries up next time.
  2. It is advisable to fertilize the soil once a week, but the main thing is not fresh manure. If you overdo it with recharge, then Ageratum "Blue Mink" will put all its energy into the growth and development of foliage, and not inflorescences.
  3. It is advisable to loosen the earth.

If the seedlings begin to grow rapidly upward, then it is advisable to cut off its top. In this case, Ageratum will bush harder. Flowers should appear 60 days after germination.

Landing in open ground

The place for planting this plant must be sunny, but not blown by the winds. On the windy side, it is advisable to plant perennial tall plants, which will become reliable protection from the elements. The soil should be light and fertilized. The flower does not tolerate acidic soil and loam at all. Ageratum should be planted in May or June, it all depends on climatic conditions.

The "blue mink" is carefully removed so as not to damage the roots and leaves. Then they are planted in small holes and covered with earth. Moderate watering, warmth and sun will do the trick.

For the entire time that the flower will grow, it needs to be fed several times, preferably 3 times. The first time can be fed a week after planting. The second occurs at the time of budding.

Further - at the discretion of the gardener. If the inflorescences do not grow very bright or the color of the leaves has lost their juiciness, then feeding will definitely not be superfluous. In any case, complex mineral fertilizers will not hurt.

Planting seedlings in the soil is performed as follows:

  1. It is necessary to select the healthiest sprouts with several leaves and plant them in the ground every 15-20 cm.
  2. It is better to leave small seedlings in the same place and water them with a growth stimulant.
  3. It is advisable to transplant very weak shoots into separate pots and grow as an indoor flower.

You don't have to worry about frosts: even if reproduction cannot be carried out by cuttings, you can still get up to 7 thousand fresh seeds from one gram of fruit.

For a beautiful flowering, you need to water the wells moderately. Ageratum respond well to the removal of already dried inflorescences. The more often this is done, the faster new ones will grow. Even after a full cut in 2/3 of the bush, the plant will recover in a very quick period, covered with new flowers.

In order for Ageratum "Blue Mink" not to die and retain its decorative properties for a long time, you should use the following simple rules:

  • the window sill should be chosen on the sunny side of the apartment or house
  • you need to water at the root in the morning, without overdoing it
  • it is advisable to buy land for Ageratum in a store. In addition, it is sold already loose, you do not have to search and mix components yourself, spending a lot of time
  • feed flowers regularly
  • if the plant has grown too much, then it is better to divide it or completely transplant it into a more spacious box.


Blue sea and sky, my blue dreams

It's no secret that I love shades of blue and blue! Somehow since childhood it has gone that this is my favorite color!
This is what prompted me to take part in the competition, I just could not go past! I look at flowers of blue and blue shades and it seems to me that I am looking at the water, at the sky, so it calms me down, pacifies me, makes me relax and generally detach to some extent!

Therefore, there should be a blue-blue flowerbed! I want to start with my favorite flowers - ageratums, I can no longer imagine a flower bed without them.

Ageratum


Ageratum

It is ageratums of blue shades that I "dilute" red-yellow-orange marigolds and salvias in my flower beds.

Among my favorite varieties are 'Blue Mink' and 'Blue Bouquet' (this is a tall variety, up to 60 cm). Both of them are presented on the website Seedspost.ru

Ageratum 'Blue mink'
Ageratum 'Blue Mink'

Information from the site: “An ornamental plant from the Asteraceae family, cultivated as an annual, 20-25 cm high. Abundant flowering from June to frost. Fragrant, small, dark blue flowers are collected in dense, fluffy inflorescences 5-8 cm in diameter.
Sufficiently drought-resistant, photophilous, but can grow with little shade, prefers light, moderately fertile soils. It is thermophilic, does not tolerate frost.
Grown in seedlings. Sowing is carried out in late March-early April, shoots appear in 8-12 days. Seedlings are planted in late May and early June, after the end of the spring frost. They are used for planting in flower beds, in beddings, mixborders, as well as in balcony boxes. "


Ageratum varieties 'Blue bouquet'

Information from the site: “This Ageratum variety is great when cut. Its fragrant inflorescences exude a pleasant perfumery aroma. Belongs to the Astrovye family, is cultivated as an annual. The plant is erect, branched, up to 60 cm high. Abundant flowering from June to frost. Fragrant, small, blue flowers are collected in dense, fluffy inflorescences 5-8 cm in diameter.
Sufficiently drought-resistant, light-loving, but can grow with little shade, prefers light, moderately fertile soils. It is thermophilic, does not tolerate frost. They are grown in seedlings. "
I would like to add that ageratum blooms for a very long time, delighting and making me dream of the sea!

Cornflowers - delicate, fragile, in my opinion they are always Russian, associated with an endless field and space. And my husband's name is Vasya-Vasilek. This is where it all came together!


cornflower


cornflower

I liked the Blue Ball terry cornflower variety, so I want to buy it.


Cornflower terry 'Blue ball'

Information from the site: “A beautiful, cold-resistant plant with double flowers of a delicate blue color. Height 50-70 cm. Stem erect, slightly pubescent, branches only from the middle. The root is pivotal. Leaves are whole, narrow (lanceolate), pointed, slightly pubescent. Flowers are collected in inflorescences-baskets 3-4 cm in diameter. The marginal flowers are funnel-shaped, the median flowers are tubular. It is used to decorate a flower garden, Moorish lawn and summer bouquets. It is very undemanding to growing conditions, grows well on both wet and dry soils. "

And I was also very impressed by the cornflower 'Laguna'.


Cornflower 'lagoon'

Information from the site: “Fantastic volume of the bush, an abundance of inflorescences for cutting! An annual plant from the Astrovye family, 60 cm high. Cutting variety, abundantly and continuously blooming from June to frost. The plant is slender, branched, with numerous peduncles. Terry inflorescences, bright blue, 4-5 cm in diameter. Photophilous, cold-resistant, relatively drought-resistant, undemanding to the soil, but does not like waterlogging.
Grown by direct sowing in open ground. Seeds are sown in April - early May or before winter in nests, 3-4 pcs. The distance between the plants is 35-40 cm. For greater bushiness, the plants are pinched. It is used for planting in flower beds, in groups, mixborders and ridges, as well as for cutting. "

And there is no way to forget about forget-me-nots! This is exactly what I wrote on purpose, using a tautology, because they are unforgettable with their tenderness and fragility. Although small flowers, there are a lot of them, a kind of blue calico in a flower bed. And it blooms earlier than others, which is very valuable to me.


Forget-me-not

There are wonderful varieties of forget-me-nots on the Seedspost.ru website, do not forget to purchase them for your flower beds!

Here is the 'Blue Basket' forget-me-not, she is adorable!


Forget-me-not 'Blue Basket'

Information from the site: “A perennial plant from the Borachnikov family, 25-30 cm high, cultivated as a biennial plant. Blooms profusely in May-June. Numerous small flowers of dark blue color. Prefers semi-shady areas with moist, fertile soil.
Grown by direct sowing in the ground in May-June. Plants are planted in a permanent place at the end of August or next spring. Tolerates transplantation well. It is used for spring decoration of flower beds and balconies, for cutting. "

And this is a sort of forget-me-not 'Heavenly swallow'

Forget-me-not 'Heavenly swallow' '

Information from the site: “A wonderful early spring garden plant that forms a compact bush with bright dark blue flowers, collected in small inflorescences. Prefers loamy soils, moisture-loving. For better development, they are planted in semi-shady places on moist fertilized soil. Indispensable for the spring garden design, especially decorative in combination with lacfiol, used for balconies, flower beds, flower beds, forcing and for cutting. Blooms in the 2nd year. "

In addition to these above flowers, I really want to grow blue varieties of New Zealand delphiniums.
Delphiniums are a separate story altogether, they are very beautiful, graceful, self-sufficient.

Delphinium super-large New Zealand giant 'Blue Dream'.


Delphinium 'Blue Dream'

And also a very beautiful delphinium 'Cobalt Dreams'.


Delphinium 'Cobalt Dreams'


Watch the video: perennial flowers blooming all summer

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Ageratum

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Ageratum - a flower of landscape compositions

(Ageratum) - a unique flower for creating landscape compositions. The blue rugs of this plant are very fond of gardeners, who use them to perform landscape compositions at various flower exhibitions. Garden plants

Ageratum means "ageless" in translation. The flower got its name not only because its flowering period lasts from June to October, almost until the onset of frost, but also because its flowers retain their brightness and color intensity for a long time. Obviously, this is the reason that the plant is popularly called long-flowered.

In its historical homeland (Peru and Mexico) it is a perennial evergreen herb from the Aster family, reaching a height of 10-60 cm. Under the conditions of our climate, the plant is grown as an annual. The most common are Houston's ageratum, or Mexican ageratum (A. Houstonianite = A. mexicanum), which are used in ornamental gardening.

The flowers of the ageratum are small, narrow tubular, fragrant, bisexual. The stigma and the column are almost twice as long as the corolla - this makes the inflorescences unusually decorative and fluffy. Inflorescences are baskets with a diameter of 1 to 1.5 cm, forming dense or loose corymbose inflorescences with a diameter of 10 cm, which completely cover the entire plant.

Plants have many branches, which are covered with hairs of short length. The root system has a fibrous shape. In their shape, the leaves can be triangular, rhombic or oval, serrated along the edges, located opposite. The fruits contain small wedge-shaped seeds with a tuft and five sides. 1 gram contains up to 6-7 thousand seeds, which successfully remain viable for 2-3 years.

Basically, amateur gardeners give preference to plant propagation by seeds. They are sown in March or early April in greenhouses to get seedlings. Since the seeds are quite small, they are only slightly sprinkled with soil, the surface is sprayed with water from time to time, the boxes are covered with glass or film. The first shoots appear in the period of 7-12 days. In the period of two leaves, plants dive either into greenhouses or into pots. Caring for seedlings is simple - moderate watering, once a week feeding with complex fertilizers, loosening and weeding the soil. In the case of too elongated seedlings, it is necessary to pinch the shoots at the top. Seedlings are dived twice before planting in a permanent place.

For the reproduction of ageratum, it is necessary to cut uterine bushes, preserving them until spring on a windowsill or greenhouse. Cuttings are rooted in early spring in March or April at an appropriate ambient temperature of 20-22 ° C. Plants grown from cuttings remain even in height and compact in the future.

In mid-May, you can plant the plant in open ground, but only after the end of the spring frost. The distance between plants when planting should be at least 15-20 cm. Ageratum blooms after the first shoots appear, after 60-70 days.

The ageratum plant is very fond of light and warmth, does not tolerate even minor frosts. But the wind and rain do not spoil its decorative effect at all. The plant prefers open, sunny places, although it tolerates partial shade, but at the same time, the brightness and colorfulness wilts, stretches and blooms weakly.

Ageratum is not too whimsical to the ground, but it looks more luxurious only on loamy and sandy loam, non-acidic fertile land. And also does not tolerate damp and stony soils, can get sick from excess moisture, does not like fertilization with fresh manure. Almost does not require maintenance, but for better flowering, moderate watering is necessary and, preferably, fertilized with mineral fertilizers. The application of organic fertilizers enhances the growth of leaves and stems, but reduces the flowering of the plant.

Since the plants are short, they are often susceptible to disease. Root rot is most common. There is also a risk of bacterial wilting, damage by leaf nematodes, root nematodes, scoops and spider mites. In cases of a whitefly attack, yellow spots form on the leaves of the plant. Leaves that are affected must be removed, and the plant itself must be repeatedly treated with a tincture of insecticidal plants.

Other plants look good next to ageratum, for example, hybrid verbena, which has pink flowers. You can also complement such a composition with the help of graceful white zinnia. An interesting effect can be created by combining cleoma and ageratum. Excellent companions for him are heliopsis, marigolds, kosmeya, calendula, rudbeckia.

The most famous varieties: Capri, Blue Mink, Pinky Improved, Pinkie, Purple Fields. They differ in terms of flowering and the shape of the inflorescences, they have different color of flowers, the height of the bush and the shape of the leaves. Cultivars that have an average height (30 cm) are known as "nanum", and dwarf varieties (15 cm) are known as "pumilum". Ageratum varieties are often replaced by heterotic F1 hybrids. They are characterized by rapid growth, long, early and abundant flowering, uniformity and compactness in height. The most common hybrids are Atlantic (purple-blue), Adriatic (bluish inflorescences), Ocean (light blue), Blue Ribbon (bluish), North Sea (dark purple-blue), Summer Snow (white).

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How to sow ageratum seeds, what is the peculiarity of this plant?

Ageratum. or long-flowered (Ageratum) is a genus of annual and perennial herbaceous plants of the Asteraceae family, originally from America. Its second name emphasizes the peculiarity of the ageratum to bloom all season without ceasing

In culture, the most common ageratum of Houston (A. houstonianum), which is also called the ageratum Mexican (A. mexicanum) according to its country of origin. At home, this is a perennial herb, but in regions with a harsh climate, it does not winter and is used as an elegant long-flowering annual.

Ageratum is a pubescent (colorless, short hairs) strongly branching bush with an abundance of triangular or rhombic leaves and many fragrant original flowers with long stigmas, collected in corymbose inflorescences, "puffs".

The shape of the bush is distinguished compact and sprawling ageratum varieties, and according to the height of the bush - high (30-60 cm), average (15-30 cm) and dwarf (10-15 cm) varieties. Ageratum flowers of different varieties are blue, light blue, lilac, white, pink, salmon pink, purple.

Ageratum is photophilous and very thermophilic (afraid of even light frosts). Non-acidic, loose, fertile soils are suitable for him, fertilization with fresh manure is not recommended. When growing seedlings, ageratum blooms from June until frost (when sown in the ground, it blooms later), the fruit is a small achene.

Ageratum is propagated by seeds and cuttings, since adventitious roots easily develop on its stem. Ageratum bushes tolerate cutting and pruning well, after which they quickly grow back and bloom profusely, the trimmed branches can be quickly rooted in water. Uterine bushes can be dug out before frost, transplanted into pots and kept in a cool window or greenhouse until spring.

Ageratum seeds are sown in early April - they sprout amicably and after 3 weeks they pick the seedlings without any problems. Ageratum seedlings develop very quickly, therefore, whenever possible, I try to make a double pick (otherwise neighboring plants begin to oppress each other) and pinch the growth point of overly lengthened seedlings. Seedlings of ageratum do not tolerate excess moisture, therefore, it is impossible to overmoisten the soil.

Ageratum seedlings are planted in the ground at the end of the spring frost (the distance between the bushes is about 15 cm). Ageratum is drought-resistant, but for abundant and prolonged flowering, it needs regular watering in the heat (otherwise the plants lose their decorative effect, flowers and leaves become smaller).

Ageratum is widely used for flower decoration of flower beds and balconies, and its tall varieties are suitable for cutting.

Everything about the ageratum on the Gardenia.ru website

Ageratum care and planting

Ageratum is considered a long-flowered plant. Ageratum belongs to the Asteraceae family. These flowers are common in southern North America and also in South America. The Ageratum genus has about thirty species.

Ageratum does not apply to plants that can be used to make bouquets of dried flowers. Although it is quite suitable for creating bouquets in the winter. If the plant is quickly dried, then it will retain its decorative effect. To do this, the flowers must be cut off at the beginning of their blooming and loose bunches hang loosely, preferably with inflorescences down.

Tall varieties look beautiful not only in flower beds, but also when cut in vases. And they stand for a long time.

General characteristics of ageratum

Ageratum is a flower covered with short, colorless hairs. Ageratum is considered a highly branching plant. Flowers reach a height of 10 to 60 centimeters.

The structure of the leaves is different for each ageratum. There are flowers that have the shape of leaves in the form of a triangular shape, and there are those that have a rhombic shape. Also, some of the edges are jagged, and some have a crenate shape. How flowers can be of different shapes, it all depends on the type of ageratum. Most often, the flowers are blue, but there are some that are white and pink in color.

Planting ageratum

Care and planting of the ageratum should be performed as described below, and everything so that the flowers grow beautiful and can delight the eyes of others for a long time.

The root system of the ageratum is fibrous, adventitious roots can easily develop. Therefore, he prefers sandy and loamy soils. Better if they are non-acidic and fertile. Fertilizing this flower with fresh manure is not worth it, since it does not withstand this. Due to the fact that ageratum has a developed root system, the plant can calmly cope with water shortages or overheating of the soil. This is extremely convenient for various growing places.

Reproduction of ageratum

Reproduction of ageratum occurs with the help of seeds or cuttings. Ageratum has a small fruit, which contains about 6-7 thousand seeds in 1 gram. These seeds can remain viable for up to 4 years.

To obtain uniform plants, they are planted by cuttings. At a temperature of 20-22 degrees, cuttings tend to root quickly.

Sowing ageratum seeds

Sowing seeds is best done in late March or early April. It is better to plant in greenhouses or greenhouses. It is advisable to dive seedlings into greenhouses. Seedlings do not like when there is an excess of moisture in the soil. At the end of the spring frost, they can be planted in the ground. For abundant and regular flowering, constant watering is necessary, but watering must be done carefully so as not to hurt flowers and leaves.

Since ageratum is a thermophilic plant, it does not tolerate frosts, even light ones. That is why the landing takes place in the warm months, in the middle lane, when frosts can be avoided.

Ageratum transplant

Ageratum tolerates the transplant procedure well and painlessly. The main thing is that during the rooting period it has enough moisture, light and heat. After planting, it is advisable to mulch the soil around the plants with humus or peat, since the evaporation of water will occur more slowly, and if there are unexpected frosts, then not the whole plant will die, but only its top. Shoots may start growing from the bottom soon after.

Planting density depends on the type of flower and its variety. For example, if you take a tall plant, then it is planted at a distance of 20-25 centimeters from each other. And if the plant is compact and even more stunted, then planting should be done at a distance of 10 centimeters from each other.

Ageratum care

In principle, it is not very difficult to take care of the ageratum. Care includes loosening the soil, watering, weeding and fertilizing. Top dressing is carried out every two to three weeks. It is better to do this with humic or mineral fertilizers, as well as infusion of mullein, since it has already been said that ageratum does not withstand fresh manure.

If there is an excess of fertilizer, then ageratum begins to "fatten", that is, all the forces go to the development of the bush, and not to flowering.

In order for you to have lush and abundant flowering plants, and not thin elongated ones, they should be pruned. At the same time, leaving several internodes near the base. After which the plant will begin to grow again, but more luxuriantly.

Preservation of ageratum during frost

When autumn comes and the first frosts begin, the Ageratum plant dies. In order to preserve it, you need to transplant it into winter greenhouses or greenhouses, if available. This is how you can save the ageratum bushes you like.

In spring, cuttings of these plants can take root in sand or soil-sand mixture.

It is very easy to propagate ageratum using cuttings. And all because adventitious roots can easily form on the stem. Although this method is used occasionally only by breeders or amateur flower growers.

In most cases, only seed propagation is used, since it is much easier and less tights with it.

We grow a beautiful tropical ageratum in the garden

Main characteristics

Ageratum is a beautiful tropical ornamental plant of the Aster family. There are about 40-50 species of it in the world. The genus ageratos, which in Greek means "ageless, eternally young." so named because of the long flowering period.

If you look at the ageratum photo, you can see that the plant looks like a small bush with rounded leaves and bright fluffy inflorescences that can be blue, lavender blue, pale pink or white. Ageratum height varies depending on the variety, ranging from 10 to 60 cm.

Flowerbed of multicolored ageratums

Ageratum cultivation

So what you need to know on the topic: growing from seed ageratum?

Sowing begins by the end of March. The sowing soil should contain peat, humus and sand, and their best ratio is 1: 1: 1. Ageratum is not sown directly into the open ground, since it is still a thermophilic tropical plant, which in our climate will not rise or will then quickly wither away. Ageratum seeds are very small, so you need to sprinkle them with soil with extreme care.

For good germination, we make sure that the soil is always slightly moist. This can be easily achieved by spraying it with water periodically and then covering the surface of the box with cling film or glass. The best temperature for germination is + 15C. 10 days after planting the seeds, the first shoots will begin to appear, at this time it is necessary to remove the film or remove the closing glass from the box. These are the basic principles for ageratum planting and care. Go ahead.

As soon as young plants have two pairs of leaves, it's time to plant them. Due to the rapid development of ageratum, it is impossible to postpone the picking of plants. If the bushes begin to interfere with each other at an early stage of development, then this will simply turn into a sluggish flowering later. If you want to see beautiful and lush flowers, then it is better to plant ageratums in separate pots. But at this stage "ageratum growing seedlings", of course, is not at all over yet.

We provide the sprouts with adequate lighting, remembering to water regularly. and wait for the end of the frost. In late May-early June, we plant ageratum in open ground. Soil requirements: well drained and not acidic. Before planting, loosen the soil well and prepare the holes at a distance of about 20 cm from each other.

Seedling care

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Water ageratums as the soil dries. Attention: waterlogging negatively affects the plant, so do not strive for regular watering. Look at the actual moisture content.
  2. Fertilize the soil once a week. but not with fresh manure. And try not to overdo it in feeding, otherwise the ageratum will begin to invest all its energy in the development of foliage, not flowers.
  3. Don't forget about weeding and loosening.

If suddenly the seedlings began to quickly stretch upwards, then you need to cut off the tops, then the ageratum will begin to bush more strongly. Flowers will appear two months after germination.

Ageratum Houston

This representative of the family, unfortunately, is one-year-old, albeit unusually beautiful. Houston's Ageratum, also referred to as the Mexican Ageratum, is one of the most adapted to our latitudes. The name was given in honor of the collector who discovered the view.

Ageratum Houston or Mexican flower is the most widespread in Russia

Appearance

If you look at the ageratum flowers in the photo, you can see that it has heart-shaped leaves with embossed jagged edges, they are covered with small hairs and are soft to the touch. The flower baskets almost cover the whole plant during flowering. Bees and bumblebees pollinate the Houston Ageratum.

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