Classic filler in harmonious colors.
Long lasting 1-2" flower clusters add texture and interest to mixed bouquets. Mix includes lovely shades of red, pink, blue, and white, which complement any color scheme. Attracts bees and butterflies to the garden. Ideal for beds, containers, and cutting. For continuous blooms from early summer until frost, make 2-3 successive plantings. Ageratum is also known as flossflower. Ht. 24-30". Avg. 221,600 seeds/oz. Packet: 100 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION:7-10 days at 75-80°F (24-27°C).
SOWING:Transplant (recommended): Sow 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Do not cover seed as light aids germination. Bottom water or mist to avoid covering seed with displaced soil. Transplant to cell packs or larger containers when the first true leaves appear. Harden off and transplant after the danger of frost has passed. No pinching or support is needed. Direct seeding is not recommended.
LIGHT PREFERENCE:Sun. Ageratum will tolerate part shade where summers are hot.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS:Fertile soil with good drainage, and a pH of 5.0-6.0.
HARVEST:Fresh: Harvest when flower spikes 3/4 open. Dried: Harvest when flowers are completely open; hang. May be air-dried, but the flower color often fades.
USES:Cut flower or dried flower. Back of beds, borders, and mass plantings.
SCIENTIFIC NAME:Ageratum houstonianum
ALTERNATE NAMES:Flossflower, blue mink