How to Grow Acroclinium for Cut Flowers and Color
is are easy to grow and the blooms make great fresh cut flowers for
accenting a bouquet and as dried flowers for long-lasting decorations.
The best way to
grow Acroclinium is to move to northern California, but then I think
that's not a bad suggestion in general. The flowers will
always be bigger if you live in northern California than if you live in
Ontario or New York State, but there are some things you can do to make
sure that this cheerful flower reaches its full potential and brightens
best way to grow Acroclinium is to not try too hard. Seriously.
Indoors and out,
this plant will prefer to be put in one place and left there, so avoid
If you're putting
it in pots, make sure you put the seeds into biodegradable pots that
can be put directly into the soil so as not to disturb the roots (peat
pots work well).
Lightly press the seed into the
surface of the soil and do not cover.
This seed will do better if it can see the sun, so the same goes for if you're growing it
inside a greenhouse or outside. The only difference for planting inside
or out is the soil temperature.
If you're growing in a
greenhouse or sunporch, you can sow the seeds around March 15th in soil
at 65°F/ 8°C.
Outside, wait a little longer until the
average temperature is 61°F/16°C, around April or May.
Acroclinium seeds will take about 15 days to germinate, longer if they
can't feel the sun.
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If you've germinated
Acroclinium into degrable pots, transplant the pots directly into the soil
outside in mid-June.
The real trick with this plant is not to disturb the roots.
The plant yields one good
stem per plant, and to make sure that this one stem will give the
biggest flowers possible, feed liquid fish emulsion every second week from June through August, which will be your flowering season if
you planted in May.
These plants like cooler
days and shorter day length, which is why they won't do so
well in the hot summers of Ontario and New York.
the cut flowers just before they open to maximize the time
they're in your vase, and when they are fully flowered, hang
them upside down to dry them.
This annual should grow between 14-24 in/
36-61 cm. tall
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plants are susceptible to aphids and tarnish plant bug, so keep an eye
out and spray with an organic solution or try a blast of water applied
at a strong enough pressure to knock the bugs off, but not so strong
that it breaks the stems.
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