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Angelonia, Serenita Raspberry

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Pretty, indestructible: The beauty for beastly conditions.

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Produces a magnificent purple splash of impressionist color from the bountiful, beauteous deep-rose flowers with black throats. This gorgeous angelonia is tough, requiring minimal upkeep;a fine choice for areas with hot and humid night temperatures that will do well in northern areas too.
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Angelonia, Serenita Raspberry
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

6-10 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

4-6 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders, Container

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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Angelonia may be grown from seed sown early indoors, or sown directly in the garden after frost.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit
  • Sow seeds 1/8 inch deep in seed starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Thin to one seedling per cell when they have two sets of leaves.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Direct sow seeds in average soil in full sun after all danger of frost.
  • Select a location in full sun with well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Sow seeds thinly and evenly and cover with 1/8 inch of fine soil.
  • Firm soil lightly with your hand, water and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 10-14 days.
  • Angelonia should be thinned to 18 inches apart.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep soil evenly moist but not wet.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Remove spent flower heads to keep plants flowering until fall.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • When plants are young, at about 6 inches, pinch out the tips of the main stems to encourage branching and bushiness.
  • Angelonia is good for containers, borders and bedding plants.
  • Cut back by half after first flower to encourage a second bloom.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
6-10 inches
Spread
4-6 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
12 weeks
Flower color
Pink
Angelonia, Serenita Raspberry is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great performer I have been growing Angelinia for several summers now. This plant thrives in the hot humid conditions in Louisiana. I planted in May, and they bloom heavily until October. It is great to have a plant that has no bug problems.
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a thriver I received the 10 tiny pelleted seeds. Only 2 sprouted and one died within a few days. The final seed that sprouted held on to its tiny leaves for maybe 2 weeks then shriveled up. Not a plant to grow from seed easily. I'm not an expert, but I have grown a variety of plants from seed and this one is finicky.
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful little plant Only 10 pelleted seeds come in the packet, and only two sprouted, but they are well worth it. I do hope that my plants go to seed. Just a pretty spot of color in an empty space. Definitely hardy and well suited for SE North Carolina. No bugs. No disease. No fungus.
Date published: 2013-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best annual ever I grew Angelonia Serenita Raspberry for the first time in 2012 and wow what a performer. It started out great with 100% germination. An unexpected bonus was a very tidy habit from first transplanting to removal in the fall. It was in bloom from early July to October and never needed a bit of special attention. We had record breaking heat and a nasty drought this year but Angelonia never flinched.
Date published: 2012-10-03
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