How do you care for a cineraria?


How do you care for a cineraria?


The cineraria (Pericallis x hybrida) is a flowering plant that is typically sold at floral shops and other retailers from mid-winter to early spring.  Plants produce clusters of 1- to 3-inch-diameter, daisy-like flowers.  They are available in a wide range of colors, including pink, red, lavender, purple, and blue.  Many flowers have white eyes. 

Cinerarias should be placed in bright, indirect light with a temperature near 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  Keep the potting soil evenly moist, but not saturated.  If the potting soil becomes dry, the plant will wilt rapidly and may die if not promptly watered.  The pots of most flowering plants purchased at floral shops and other retailers are placed inside decorative pot covers.  When watering the plant, carefully remove the pot cover, water the plant in the sink, let it drain for a few minutes, then drop the plant back into the pot cover. 

Cinerarias should remain attractive for 2 to 3 weeks if given good care.  After the flowers dry and shrivel, discard the plants.