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The ageratum plant is native to the tropics, but despite this it grows very well in our middle lane, delighting with its flowering. One has only to consider that in our climate growing ageratum as a perennial is impossible. In our temperate climate, it grows as an annual plant, which does not prevent it from forming a mass of seeds, not being difficult in growing seedlings.
Since ageratum belongs to heat-loving plants, it is not recommended to sow it directly into open ground. It is better to start growing seedlings from seeds.
For this, the seeds must be sown at the end of March - beginning of April. It is possible, of course, even earlier, but due to the short daylight hours in winter and early spring, you will have to come up with additional lighting for the sprouts.
Ageratum seeds are very small, therefore it is not necessary to bury them deeply in the ground during planting, it is enough to lightly sprinkle them with soil from above. Growing ageratum requires maintaining constant moisture in a container with seeds, so spray the ground with water from a spray bottle and create greenhouse conditions: cover the container with glass, polyethylene.
After about 10-12 days, sprouts begin to hatch. Do not remove the film or glass completely yet, but temporarily remove it to provide air access.
When 1-2 pairs of true leaves appear on the sprouts, each sprouts are transplanted into their own container. If the seedlings are stretched out from a lack of light, then the tops can be pinched.
Transplant seedlings into the ground when there is no chance of frost - in late May - early June. Ageratum blooms 60-70 days after germination.