Ageratums are also known as floss flowers. They make splendid border plants and their soft blue flowers are excellent for garden display and indoor decoration.
They succeed in a variety of soils but respond to good conditions and added manure & fertilizers. They are fairly drought resistant but need regular watering in dry weather. They are at their best when grown in full Sunlight, but will give fair results in semi-shade.
Pot Culture: Ageratum can be sown directly into pots. Sow 5 – 6 seeds in an 8” pot and cover lightly. Sow the seeds 5 mm deep. Water lightly. Keep in shade till they germinate in about 14-18 days. Gradually exposed to full sun. Soil should be moist but not wet. Later keep 2 – 3 healthy seedlings in the pot and discard the rest.
In Ground: To grow in ground, make seedlings first. Once the seedlings are 2 – 3 weeks old, transplant them into their fixed position in your garden. The spacing between plants should be 20 cm. Provide sufficient manure in the ground.
Watering should be done when the soil is dry. Keep it moist. During rains ensure there is no water logging. Feed Bahaar (liquid) fertilizer once in 15 days and later once buds appear feed Maxi grow fertilizer. It will ensure more flowers. Continue once in 7 days till the end of last flowers. To keep the soil enriched, put Biogro (organic manure) once a month.
The Seeds in this packet are of blue colour and dwarf variety. The flowering starts from 90-100 days onwards and if spent flowers are cut regularly, it encourages continued blooming. The plant attains a height of 20 cm approx.