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The original bright annual, which is used for planting in groups in flower beds and flowerpots. The genus Nemesia is very extensive, and under this name several plants can be found on sale at once, outwardly similar, but having some specific differences.
All nemesias are distinguished by colorful two-lipped flowers, similar to the plump mouth of a baby. This plant has thin delicate stems and short stature. All nemesias are characterized by long and abundant flowering. At the same time, I would like to note that their flowers fall off on their own after flowering and do not spoil the plant with an untidy look. However, on the balcony, such a feature is more likely to be considered a minus, since all the fallen flowers crumble to the floor.
The most common among flower growers is goiter nemesia, reaching a height of 20-30 centimeters, its bushes are compact and branched. Small flowers (2.5 centimeters), as a rule, have very bright colors: orange, yellow, pink, red, white with an orange spot, and so on. Most often, the seeds of this type of nemesia are sold in a mixture of colors "Carnival", "Star Trek" and others.
Multicolored nemesia looks very much like goiter nemesia, but it has flowers that are slightly smaller in diameter (up to 2 centimeters) and slightly shorter (up to 20 centimeters). But its main difference lies in the fact that the petals of this flower are distinguished by a two-color contrasting color of the lower and upper lips. For example, the two-color nemesia “King's Mantle” combines white and blue in one flower, while the “Cardinal's Mantle” variety has red-white flowers.
Azure nemesia is most often used as an ampelous plant. This species is distinguished by the smallest flowers (up to 1 cm) and small foliage. Initially delicate bushes grow vertically, but later on, thin stems begin to slope downward. This nemesia blooms very profusely, the flowers have a characteristic yellow dot in the center of the corolla and a sweetish aroma. On sale this nemesia is represented by a hybrid series "Poetri", which combines flowers of white, pink, purple and lilac colors.
The flowering of most varieties of nemesia will begin 2-2.5 months after germination. Therefore, most species can be sown for seedlings from mid-March and later. The only exception is azure nemesia, which grows more slowly and needs an earlier sowing - in early March.
Sowing nemesia for seedlings
Seeds of nemesia are very small and do not need to be sprinkled with earth on top, but only slightly pressed into wet soil with a toothpick, or sowed on a small layer of snow to evenly distribute the seeds.
The containers are covered with plastic wrap, after which they can be placed in a warm place with a temperature of 23-26 degrees. Light during germination does not play a decisive role, but in the shade the seedlings appear more elongated.
It is important to take into account that nemesia shoots under the same conditions can appear very quickly (on the third day), but sometimes germination is delayed by 2.5 weeks. Therefore, it is very important here to wait and not throw the soil away. In the future, it is important to keep the seedlings in good lighting.
Transplanting into separate pots is carried out after the appearance of 2-4 true leaves. It is not necessary to pinch seedlings, as most varieties have good branching genetically. Nemesia is planted in a permanent place in late May-early June, the place must be absolutely sunny.
The continuation of the list of spectacular annuals, which I advise to sow for seedlings in March, read on the next page
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