Spring is almost here and that means people will be buying new flowers to add into their garden this year. This is the time of year where you need to be gathering all the plants you want to add to your garden and make sure you have everything you need for your garden. One of the plants you can grow in your garden is Acroclinium and you need to know how to properly take care of the Acroclinium for it to flourish.
Acroclinium is an annual plant that grows best in areas such as California but they will grow just about anywhere if you take the proper measures to care for them. Acroclinium is a plant that prefers cooler days and not constant heat so it will not thrive as much in places like Ohio or New York compared to California. Acroclinium will thrive the best if you plant it and leave it alone. Transplanting is something people do in their gardens which means uprooting a plant to a different location. The Acroclinium however should not be transplanted and it will not grow properly if at all if you transplant it. Acroclinium is a flower that does better outside in rows although you can plant it into a small flower pot to get it started.
If you use a flower pot to start growing your Acroclinium you need to be sure to not disturb the roots when it comes time for planting outside. When you plant Acroclinium you need to press it into the ground just barely and leave it uncovered. Acroclinium plants like the sun and they should be kept in either natural sunlight or artificial sunlight if you are planting in a greenhouse or indoor area. If you start your Acroclinium inside then you can begin doing so around the middle of March but if you are starting them outside then it is best to wait until about May. You want to make sure you give the seeds about 15 days to start germinating if you start the Acroclinium inside. If you are growing the Acroclinium inside, you need to make sure that it is near a light source such as in a window sill or have an artificial light source around the Acroclinium to make sure it grows properly and germinates quickly.
If you are transplanting the Acroclinium from a pot to the outside soil, you should really be using a type of pot that you can just stick right into the ground. If you are trying to transplant the Acroclinium from a pot where you need to take out the plant this might harm your plant and cause it not to grow right because the roots need to stay undisturbed. Early June is a good time to begin taking your Acroclinium plants from the inside and transplanting them into the outside soil as long as it is about 64 degrees outside. The Acroclinium plant will have about one stem per plant so you might want to add fertilizer to your Acroclinium from June until August. The fertilizer will ensure that the stem will grow stronger and be a bigger flower which will essentially make the plant seem fuller. If you plan on cutting your flowers to put them into a vase you should do this right before they open up to maximize the bloom of the flower. These flowers can grow to become pretty big flowers ranging from 14 inches to 24 inches at their peak. Also, it is simple to add these flowers to any decorative themes by just hanging them upside down to let them dry out.
To care for Acroclinium all you need to do is water it every few days if you are in a drier region to make sure it stays nourished. You also need to make sure you plant the flower in the area that gets the most sunlight to ensure it will thrive the best it can and to trim the dead leaves from it. Taking care of Acroclinium is just like taking care of any other annual and the best thing about Acroclinium is that it will come back next year. This plant does not do well in extreme hot temperature or extreme cold temperatures so you need to make sure your area is within the zone for this plant. If you live in an area outside the suggested zone for Acroclinium, then you can plant this indoors if you have a greenhouse or other indoor garden.