LEWISIA Longipetala-Hybr. Little-Series 'Little Plum'

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LEWISIA Longipetala-Hybr. Little-Series 'Little Plum'

Lewisia
Select Item No. LA135

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One Portion is usually sufficient for approx. 50 plants.
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Plant Description

Life Cycle: Perennial
Family: Portulacaceae
Origin: Garden origin
Special Features: Magnificent, large, purple-pink blossoms with just a hint of orange upon opening. Heavy flower production on compact, upright stems. Long flowering season, reblooms in September. Excellent for container production. Shows durability to cold, wet winters, easy in the garden. In warmer conditions a northern exposure with a cool root run is preferred.
Historical: Introduced by JELITTO PERENNIAL SEEDS in 2000. Little Plum' was found in Scotland as a chance seedling, probably from a cross with L. longipetala and L. cotyledon.
 
Basic Colour: (red / scarlet / purple)
Flower Colour: intense rose-purple
Natural Flowering Period: May - June
Flowering: First year flowering
 
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z4 - Z8
Foliage: leathery, lanceolate
Growth Habit: rosettes-forming
Height with Flowers: 15 cm
Spacing between Plants: 25 cm
Soil Requirements: avoid lime / dry / well-drained / average
Location:
Usage: for the rock garden / flowering pot plant
Grams per 1000 seeds: 0.625 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
1600
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
2 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 2 - 3 per cell
Plug tray recommended size(s): 72 / 128
Sowing Direction:

(1) Cold-germinators are still referred to as frost-germinators, although this isn’t quite correct. The sowing must be kept warm (about +18 to +22°C) [about 64 to 72°F] and moist for the first 2–4 weeks. After this period the sowing must be kept at a cold temperature (between –4 and +4°C) [between 25 and 39°F] for another 4–6 weeks. Colder temperatures of –5°C [23°F] are only advantageous for most species of the Ranunculus family. It is not so important if the temperature is higher or lower during the cooling period, but the cooling period has to be prolonged because the synthesis of the germination inducer, hormon-like acid, slows down or comes to a standstill.
It is beneficial to cover the sowing with snow during the cooling-period. The temperature below it usually keeps in the optimum range of –4 to 0°C [25 to 32°F]. The sowing is kept moist, and the melting snow helps to destroy the shell, which is advantageous for the germinating seedling. After this cooling-period the sowing may not be immediately exposed to high temperatures. The most effective temperatures are between +5 to +12°C [41 to 54°F], even if germination has started. The best location for this sowing, even in March, April and May, is the open field, the cold frame or a cold greenhouse.

Best Sowing Date
(northern Hemisphere, Field condition):
late autumn - early spring
Sowing to Germination: 8 - 10 weeks
Germination to Transplant: 4 - 8 weeks
Transplanting to Potting: 6 - 10 weeks
Cutting back at Transplanting: Not Necessary.
Container Size(s): 1 plug per 8/9 cm (3 1/2") / 1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm (4 1/2")
Vernalization: A prudent recommendation would be to provide 6-12 weeks at an average daily temperature of 40°F (5°C). Exposure to cold may not be necessary for flowering but might improve quality.
Forcing: An obvious place to experiment - following vernalization - would be raising daytime temperatures to 60° - 65°F (15° - 17°C). Provide 16 hours of continuous lighting. During the short days of winter, provide a night interruption lighting of 4 hours between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.
Fertilizer: Light (100-150 ppm)
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