10 annual flowers for seedlings
Garden annuals have become famous primarily due to their relentless, surprisingly long flowering period. None of the perennial crops can compete with them in the ability to bloom all summer and even autumn with the same intensity.
In order for the colorful parade of your favorite flowers to start earlier and to effectively decorate balconies, terraces, flower beds and window sills, you need to take care of planting seedlings in advance.
Benefits of sowing seedlings for seedlings
Annual garden and balcony flowers are preferred to be grown in seedlings, mainly because of their earlier flowering. Thanks to planting seedlings in early spring, you can get a flowering plant even when in regions with harsh winters the threat of return frosts only disappears and favorable conditions are created for sowing heat-loving crops in the soil.
But this method has other advantages. Indeed, in fact, the first two weeks of plant life play a decisive role in the development and flowering of summers, when all the most important vegetation processes are laid. And only with the seedling method can we control all the optimal growing parameters necessary for future blooming stars.
Seedling method is preferred for the following annuals:
- from the number of heat-loving cultures that can not tolerate temperatures below 5 ° and need bright lighting;
- with the longest flowering period (from May to October);
- with a long growing season, (for plants that must reach 70-80 days of age before flowering);
- who want to accelerate flowering for a month or more.
Sowing seedlings of annuals must begin in January. The first to sow seedlings of cloves Shabo. In February, lobelia and annual sages are sown. In March, seeds of most annuals are planted, including petunias, ageratum, lobularia, and so on. But such "quick" summers as marigolds, sweet peas, nasturtium and zinnia can wait for April and even May, therefore they are often sown immediately in the open priming.
What annual flowers should be grown seedlings?
Easy to propagate, long-blooming and surprisingly easy to care for, the ageratum is a truly universal annual plant that looks good in flower beds and pruning. Fluffy baskets most often of blue and lilac flowers seem to be small terry spheres, collected in dense inflorescences and crowned with compact densely branched bushes of bright greenery. Today, the Mexican ageratum is most popular.
Ageratum seeds are sown for seedlings in late March or in the first ten days of April. Ageratum should grow in a loose substrate from a standard mixture of peat, humus and sand.
Before sowing the seeds, the soil is gently moistened with a spray bottle, then small seeds are distributed on the surface as rarely as possible and lightly sprinkled with sifted soil. Immediately after sowing, it is better to cover the containers with glass or film.
Seeds can germinate only in bright light at a temperature of 18 to 22 ° heat. Before seedlings appear, containers should be regularly ventilated and moistened. As soon as the first shoots appear, the “cap” should be removed.
Ageratum seedlings are dived after releasing the second pair of real leaves. Young plants need to be grown under the brightest light and sufficiently high temperatures - daytime not lower than 20 ° С and nighttime not lower than 15 ° С. Ageratum seedlings require a "dry" care regimen.
This plant is better for light drying of the substrate and air dryness; watering is rarely necessary, allowing the top layer of soil to completely dry, and then completely soaking the substrate during the next procedure. 2 weeks before planting, it is necessary to begin accustoming the plants to open air - pricking.
Ageratum in open soil can only be relocated from the third decade of May. The recommended distance when planting is about 15-20 cm. Immediately after planting on the flower garden, you need to pinch the tops of the shoots.