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|Origin:||Northwest, South and Middle Europe, Russia, Caucasus: mountain areas, rocky slopes and grasslands.|
|Special Features:||Brilliant azure blue flowers, several plants can build a nice glowing blue carpet.GENTIANA verna is easy to grow, tolerats slightly acid and lime soil, as long as it is well-drained.|
|Flower Colour:||azure with a white eye|
|Natural Flowering Period:||April - May|
|Winter Hardiness Zones:||Z4 - Z8|
|Foliage:||rosetted, elliptic-lanceolate, pointed, green to greyish green|
|Growth Habit:||mat-forming / low-growing / evergreen|
|Height with Flowers:||10 cm|
|Spacing between Plants:||10 cm|
|Soil Requirements:||well-drained / average|
|Usage:||for the rock garden|
|Grams per 1000 seeds:||0.08 Gram|
|Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
|Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
|Plug tray recommended size(s):||open flats / 72 / 128|
(5) The directions of 1. do not always show the best results. After the cooling-period some species need a longer time until germination starts. As some seeds do not germinate until the next year, it is important not to throw away the seed boxes too early.
(1) Cold-germinators are still referred to as frost-germinators, although this isn’t quite correct. The sowing must be kept warm (about +18 to +22°C) [about 64 to 72°F] and moist for the first 2–4 weeks. After this period the sowing must be kept at a cold temperature (between –4 and +4°C) [between 25 and 39°F] for another 4–6 weeks. Colder temperatures of –5°C [23°F] are only advantageous for most species of the Ranunculus family. It is not so important if the temperature is higher or lower during the cooling period, but the cooling period has to be prolonged because the synthesis of the germination inducer, hormon-like acid, slows down or comes to a standstill.
|Cutting back at Transplanting:||Not Necessary.|
|Container Size(s):||1 plug per 8/9 cm (3 1/2")|
|Fertilizer:||Light (100-150 ppm)|