ALCHEMILLA epipsila

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ALCHEMILLA epipsila

Lady's Mantle
Select Item No. AA163

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Plant Description

Article Type: (pure seed)
Life Cycle: Perennial
Family: Rosaceae
Origin: Balkans
Special Features: Similar to ALCHEMILLA mollis but smaller and more compact.
Historical: Folklore suggests that dew drops collected on the leaves of Lady's Mantle might turn ordinary metal into gold.
 
Basic Colour: (yellow / gold)
Flower Colour: yellowish
Natural Flowering Period: June - July
Flowering: First year flowering
 
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z3 - Z8
Foliage: orbicular, shallowly lobed, toothed, smooth, green
Growth Habit: groundcover / clumping / compact
Height with Flowers: 40 cm
Spacing between Plants: 30 cm
Soil Requirements: moist / average
Location:
Characteristics: ornamental foliage plant
Usage: for the rock garden / suitable for cutting
Grams per 1000 seeds: 0.27027 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
3700
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
1 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 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: 6 - 8 weeks
Germination to Transplant: 4 - 6 weeks
Transplanting to Potting: 6 - 8 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") / 2-3 plugs per 15 cm (6")
Vernalization: Some flowering will occur the first year without vernalization, but improved flowering will occur the 2nd year; and 3-10 weeks of cool temperatures might benefit fuller flowering in the first year.
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: Medium (150-200 ppm)
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