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Cinerarias

5 November 2021
Vanessa gonerilla red admiral on blue cineraria Jacqui Knight
Red admiral on cineraria

Over the past 4-5 weeks my cinerarias have been delighting me... and the occasional butterfly has stopped by to enjoy them too. Cinerarias are a winter-spring flowering annual, and once they're growing in your garden they will emerge each season with their large, round and very soft leaves.

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You can also buy them in the stores - but these have been 'improved' so they don't set seed. Now that the cineraria season is over I won't remove the sad-looking plants to the compost heap just yet.

Each day I'm collecting the seed and while a lot is also being blown around the garden, I'll make sure I scatter some where I would like more plants to grow next season... such as the habitat project in the Blockhouse Bay Recreational Reserve.

 

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It's easy to collect the ripe seed although it's so tiny. When it's ready for collection the flower will die and the seed is attached to silky filaments.

 

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I 'pinch' each little fluffy pompom and transfer the contents to a paper envelope. Job done!

I'm not sure if it would be best to scatter this seed now or next year... but I figure Nature does it now so it probably is the best time to do so.

What's your thoughts?

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