Simple tips on how to grow Ageratum plants



Without been told blue flowers for the garden are sometimes very difficult to grow. The choices are limited and most of them really require a full sun location. This plant called ageratum with fluffy blue flowers can really add the desirable blue color to your garden, even if it is partially shaded. The caring for ageratums plants is very simple and easy, especially for the beginning gardener. The ageratum plant that is mostly commonly found in the garden is a hybrid, growing in a petite and compact form. If you actually learn how to plant ageratum plant and you grow it successfully you will always have a blue flower option for the bed or border.
Furthermore, if you are actually new to flower gardening, you may be wondering what ageratum plant is and how is it really cultivated?” This particular plant (Ageratum houstonianum) is a native of Mexico and is among the most commonly planted ageratum varieties. This plant offer soft, round, fluffy flowers in various shades of blue, pink or white—with blue being most common.
 This particular plant grows from seed or from small seedlings sometimes found in garden centers. More than sixty cultivars of the blue ageratum flower are really available, often reaching only six to eight inches which is about 15-20 cm when fully grown. The wild ageratum is a taller specimen that actually reseeds abundantly, although most available seeds of the ageratum will be from hybrid types. Some of the popular varieties of the ageratum flowers offer a range of blue colors and include the following cultivars:

      1. The ‘Hawaii‘ variety: The ‘Hawaii‘ variety has blooms of a royal blue. The ‘Hawaii‘ variety really flowers early and is one of the most long lasting of the species.

     2. The ‘Blue Mink‘ variety: The ‘Blue Mink‘ variety has flowers in a powder blue color and it reaches about 12 inches (30 cm.) in height.

     3. The ‘Blue Danube‘ variety: The ‘Blue Danube‘ variety is variety that reaches just six to eight inches which is about 15-20 cm and features blooms in a medium blue shade. Also pink and white blooming cultivars are available as well, although they tend to wither early and take on a worn, brown look.


Steps on how to plant Ageratum

From my own little experience Ageratum plants can be started from seed when the soil has warmed outside. Make sure you cover the seeds lightly, the seeds of ageratum plants actually need sunlight to germinate. For an early start to blooms of the ageratum flower you can start the seeds indoors 8 to ten weeks before planting in the spring garden.


How to care for Ageratums plant

This plant is an annual and sometimes perennial, the ageratum flower actually blooms from spring until fall when receiving proper care. The caring for this plant really includes regular watering until the plant is established. You can use warm water to irrigate the plant for a bounty of blue blooms. Make sure you deadhead spent blooms as needed to encourage more flowers. The truth is that growing and caring for ageratums is simple. Just make sure you stick with the popular blue blooms of the ageratum, and also deadhead as needed and you will enjoy the simple blue flower in your garden this year.

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