Cineraria Flower: How to Grow & Care Cineraria Flower Plants

Cineraria plant

Pericallis × hybrida: How to Grow & Care Cineraria Flower Plants

Cineraria Plant | Pericallis × hybrida

Cineraria is a genus of sunflower-like flowering plants native to southern Africa, with a few species found further north. Herbaceous plants and tiny subshrubs belong to this genus.

Previously, the genus was thought to include a number of species from the Canary Islands and Madeira, including the florist's cineraria (Pericallis hybrida), which has now been moved to the genus Pericallis.

Other Names & Family

Cineraria's common names are florist's cineraria, common ragweed, or cineraria.

Scientific Name: Pericallis x. hybrida

Family: Asteraceae

Greenhouse cinerarias can be small, compact plants with enormous flowers in dense clusters or taller plants with larger, more widely spaced clusters of little star-shaped (stellate) flowers. Both varieties are easy to raise from seed and are available in a range of colours as potted plants.

Descriptions of Cineraria

Cinerarias are not well suited to hot, dry regions. Cinerarias should be cultivated in medium to full shade and planted in slightly acidic, rich, well-drained soil with a high compost content if grown in the garden. Water thoroughly and on a regular basis to maintain the soil uniformly moist but not saturated. Cinerarias are easy to reseed in the garden.

Pericallis × hybrida

Climate & Soil Requirements

Cinerarias should be planted in a loose, rich, peat moss-based potting mix with sufficient drainage when grown in pots or planters. They prefer to be maintained relatively root-bound as they begin to bloom.

  • Keep your Cineraria in filtered sunlight or bright light indoors.

  • Allow the soil to dry out between waterings, but don't overwater.

  • Cinerarias prefer cool weather and will bloom for much longer if you keep it cool.

  • 65°F during the day and 50°-55°F at night.

Planting & Sowing of Seeds

Before sowing the seeds, prepare the soil by mixing Agro peat or Manure (30:70) with the soil. This will aid seed germination. You can also use the available soil if you can't get good grade Agro peat or manure. It is necessary to ensure that the soil is free of any weeds or insects.

After preparing the soil, plant the seeds to a depth of half an inch (0.5) inch. Watering should be done with caution, only using a sprinkler or manually using your hands for the first week, as the power of the water may disrupt the seed germination process. Depending on the variety, germination might take anywhere from 10 to 18 days.

Transplant of Seedlings

You can transplant the seedlings to various pots or desirable regions once the seeds have grown into seedlings, say around 3 inches. The sapling should be checked at regular intervals to ensure it is not affected by any weed, pest, or bug, and if any such item is found on the leaves or in the soil, it should be sprayed with (Chloropyriphos/Cypermethrin).

For flower/plant growth, use organic Manure once every 15 days. Regular watering required for best results.

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