The ageratum flower most commonly found in the garden is a hybrid, growing in a petite and compact form. When you learn how to plant ageratum and grow it successfully, you will always have a blue flower option for the bed or border.
Common name: Goat weed, Billy goat weed, Tropical whiteweed, Jangli pudina, Visadodi, Semandulu, Gha buti, Bhakumbar
Color: Blue, white, violet and pink
Bloom time: Summer to frost
Height: 6 to 24 inches x 6 to 12 inches
Difficulty level: Very Easy
Planting & Care
Keep plants well-watered and weeded once transplanted. Although they can tolerate dry conditions, young plants need moist soil to get established.
Sunlight: Full sun, part sun
Soil: They will do well in both average and poor soils. They are tolerant dry soil conditions.
Water: Keep soil moist throughout the growing season.
Temprature: Germination temperature: 70 F to 75 F
Fertilizer: Add a general purpose fertilizer once or twice a season.
- Ageratum are grown from seeds.
- Sow Ageratum seeds outdoors, after all danger of frost.
- Or, start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date for your area.
- Cover seeds with 1/8" of light garden soil, and water lightly after sowing seeds.
Harvesting: Ageratum flowers are harvested when they are fully open. The flowers, in general, are cut either late in the afternoon or very early in the morning. After harvesting, cut flowers should be put in a bucket of water filled up to one-fourth of the volume as it helps in their recovery from the shock of being cut away from the plant. As far as possible, the freshly opened flowers should be cut as freshness enhances their shelf-life. Proper post harvest management is necessary for prolonging the vase-life of flowers. The flowers are graded according to stem length, flower size, flower shape, flower color and freshness.
- An annual and sometimes perennial flower, the ageratum flower blooms from spring until fall when receiving proper care.
- Caring for ageratums includes regular watering until the plant is established.
- Use warm water to irrigate the plant for a bounty of blue blooms.
- You should also deadhead spent blooms as needed to encourage more flowers.
- Growing and caring for ageratums is simple.
- Stick with the popular blue blooms of the ageratum, deadhead as needed and enjoy the simple blue flower in your garden this year.
They are so compact and floriferous that they are often used in formal designs that need a blue color. Some varieties are white or pink, and few are tall with a loose form. Its fringed, button-like flowers are very unique and provide interesting texture.
- Ageratum flowers are used for flower arrangements and potted ageratum plants are used for beautification of the surroundings.