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The beautiful pasqueflower can easily be grown and multiplied by yourself. In favorable locations, the plant even multiplies itself; a trait you can take advantage of when planting an entire bed of Pulsatilla.

There are several ways to multiply the pasque flower

The necessary seed

Pasqueflower seeds are available from any well-stocked garden store. Alternatively, you can obtain the seeds yourself by cutting off the almost fully mature seeds from the pasque flower and letting them dry for a while.

Sowing in autumn

The pasque flower is one of the cold germs and needs the coolest possible temperatures so that the seeds sprout. For this reason, it is sown in late autumn when it is noticeably colder. Follow these steps:

  • Fill the seed trays with good propagation substrate.
  • Cover seed thinly with soil.
  • Thoroughly moisten the substrate with a sprayer.

initiate cold germination

First place the seed pots in a warm place for about two weeks where the seeds can swell a little. You then put the shells in the garden so that the seed is exposed to the cold stimuli necessary for germination.

Alternatively, you can simulate outdoor conditions in the fridge. Place the seed trays in the refrigerator for about two to eight weeks. How long the cold stimulus has to work depends somewhat on the seed. The pasque flower reacts to temperature sums, which means that the seed can only sprout when the total negative temperature values are sufficient. It is therefore better to leave the shells in the fridge a little too long than too short.

Post-germination care

As soon as the temperatures rise, the small seedlings will start to grow. Even now, the degrees of heat must not be too high and should not exceed ten degrees plus. If the little plants compete for space after a while, they have to be isolated in order to continue to thrive.

When will it be transplanted into the bed?

Although it is possible to sow the small pasqueflowers directly in the bed, we recommend cultivating the plants in pots until early autumn and only then planting them outdoors.

Propagation by rhizomes

If the pasque flower feels comfortable in its place, it reproduces vegetatively of its own accord. It forms long, underground roots that emerge from the ground a distance from the mother plant and form small rosettes of leaves. From these, a new pasque flower develops. As soon as the small pasque flowers have grown a little, you can carefully separate them from the mother plant and move them to the desired place.

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