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How do I grow Erica caffra from seed?

Posted by beelzebub z7b Zurich/Swi (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 5, 05 at 8:10

Hi there!

Has anyone here ever grown Erica caffra from seed? I ordered some and have no clue how to proceed. Do they need a cold stratification? What temperature is required for germination? Considering the very small size of the seeds I figure they have to be sown on top of the medium. In case they do germinate what about after-care? An already existing thread indicates they need an acidic, moist and well draining soil.

Suggestions would be highly appreciated!


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RE: How do I grow Erica caffra from seed?

Kirstenboch Arboretum in Capetown produces a product calles 'Smoke Papers'. I don't know if you can find them locally; but they are available from Nindethana Seed Service, Albany, Western Australia. Smoke treatment is essential in the propegation of nearly all South African Ericas.

Here is a link that might be useful: Nindethana Seed Service

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