Ageratum Blue Horizon
Cultural Information for: Ageratum Blue Horizon Annual
Common Name: Ageratum or Floss Flower
Botanical Name: Ageratum houstonianum
Seed Count: 19,800/ounce 700/gram
Optimum Germination Temperature: 77 ºF / 25 ºC
Optimum Growing Temperature: 65 °F / 18 °C
Plug Stage – 5 weeks (288 / 12 x 24 tray)
Stage One (days 1-7) Single sow pelleted seed into a well drained peat mixture with a pH of 5.8-6.2 and a low nutrient charge (EC < 0.5 mmhos/1:2 slurry). Ageratum requires light to germinate so lightly cover with coarse vermiculite and maintain sufficient moisture to melt the pellet. Optimum germination temperature is 78-82 °F/25-28 °C.
Stage Two (days 8-20) After seed emergence move plug trays to a greenhouse with high light and good air circulation. Reduce air temperature to 60-70 °F/16-21 °C and apply a
light feed of 50-75 ppm N using a well balanced calcium
nitrate based formulation.
Stage Three (days 21-30) Increase fertilizer level to 100-150 ppm N. Optimum EC is 0.7-1.0 mmhos (1:2 slurry). Allow the plants to dry slightly in between watering to reduce stretch and promote a strong, well-toned plant. Growth regulation is not recommended for cut flower production. For ornamental use in containers where height control is desirable, apply B-Nine (daminozide)) at 2,500 ppm/0.25%.
Stage Four (days 31-35) The plugs are approaching transplant stage. Reduce fertilizer to tone the plants and prepare them for transplanting. Do not delay transplanting.
Cut Flower Culture:
Media: Select a well drained sterile cut flower bed in full sun with a pH of 5.8-6.2 and a low nutrient charge.
Watering: Initially, keep the plants well moistened and then water as needed. Growing too dry may result in red-edged or yellow leaves.
Fertilizer: Well balanced calcium nitrate based formulations work well to build strong and healthy plants. Optimum EC is
0.7- 1.0 mmhos. Excess nitrogen promotes overgrowth,
invites disease and reduces vase life.
Lighting: Optimum light level is up to 7,000 foot candles./
75,000 lux. Whitewashing the glass may be necessary May- September to reduce light intensity. Extending the photoperiod in winter to16 hours is recommended to ensure sufficient stem length and improve flower quality.
Temperature: Optimum temperature is 60-70 °F/16-21 °C. For winter production maintain 60°F/15°C maximum. Temperature is more important than day length for winter flowering. Under low light conditions do not grow too warm, (above
60°F/15°C), or else the stem quality will be reduced and tissue too soft.
Insects: Aphids, White Fly, Thrips, Mites
Single Stemmed Culture: Space plants 4 x 4 inches/10 x 10 cm. apart in beds and provide support netting. Raise netting as the plants grow. Do not pinch the plants.
Multiple Stemmed Culture: Space plants 8 x 8 inches/20 x
20 cm. apart and pinch the growing tip to induce side branching. This will result in a heavy crop of high quality cut flowers.
Harvesting: For summer production allow 12 weeks from sowing and 15 weeks for winter production. The first flower is usually removed to create a flush of flowers. The flowers should be well-colored before cutting.
Pots: For green sales in 4 inch/10 cm. pots place one plant per pot and plan on 4 weeks from transplant to shipping. Larger containers in color require 6-7 weeks from transplant.
Media: Select a well drained sterile mixture with a pH of
5.8-6.2 and a low nutrient charge.
Growth regulation: B-Nine is effective at 2,500 ppm/0.25%.
Culture watch points: Avoid using Kelthane or Ortocides on the crop. Ronilan damage seedlings.
Do not apply plant growth regulators during bud formation.
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