Propagate by seed – Start the plants from seed indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date, or scatter them where desired outside after frost danger has passed. Cover the seeds with a light layer of soil, as darkness aids germination.
Germination temperature: 70 F to 75 F.
Days to emergence: 14 to 21.
Water in very dry conditions.
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Gomphrena (Gomphrena globosa) may sound a bit odd but if you want a wonderful add-on to your home garden, then you’d better get used to this name. Gomphrena is also known as globe flower or globe amaranth, native to Panama and Guatemala.
As the name suggests, Gomphrena produces globe-shaped blossoms with papery bracts in dainty shades of lavender, purple, pink, red, magenta, blue, orange and white. Gomphrena’s unique texture and beauty are highly valued for dried flower or cut flower arrangements. Gomphrena can reach about 25cm to 45cm in height and each tiny bloom measures about 1 inch in diameter.
Each Gomphrena plant can produce dozens of showy flower heads from midsummer to frost, displaying a serene view. What’s more? This sun-loving plant attracts a variety of butterflies to your home garden— a perfect mix to brighten up your landscape effortlessly!
Gomphrena grows easily from seed. Here are some tips how to propagate Gomphrena through germination. Take note: Start this process eight weeks before the last frost.
Seed tray preparation – Scatter the seeds over equal parts of sand, potting soil and peat moss mixed together. Water carefully. Prevent the soil from crusting by covering the seed tray with a plastic bag. This will hold in the moisture. Gomphrena seeds need light to germinate. Place the tray in a bright place, but not in direct sunlight as excessive sun exposure may damage the sprouts. Full sun will also keep the soil warm. Once the spouts begin to emerge, remove the cover.
Thin the sprouts – Keep the soil damp while the sprouts undergo thinning. When the seedlings reach about 2-3 inches high, transfer them carefully into a bigger container so they do not crowd each other in the seeding tray. Make sure not to injure the seedlings.
Transplant the seedlings – Gomphrena will flourish best in a sunny spot outdoor if planted in warm and well-drained soil. It is drought-tolerant but it does not survive wet and soggy soil. Get ready to transplant Gomphrena seedlings into your home garden or a nice spot in your home. Allow 10-12 inches spacing between each plant.
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