ELEGIA capensis

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ELEGIA capensis

Broom-Reed, Horsetail-Restio
Select Item No. ZA148

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

Article Type: (pure seed)
Life Cycle: Perennial
Family: Restionaceae
Origin: South Africa
Special Features: Giant, horsetail-like slender stems with paper-like sheaths and needle-like leave at the internodes. Short flower heads.
Historical: The stems have been used historically for broom making.
 
Basic Colour: (brown)
Flower Colour: brown
Natural Flowering Period: August - October
 
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z7 - Z10
Growth Habit: erect
Height with Flowers: 200 cm
Spacing between Plants: 120 cm
Soil Requirements: moist / well-drained
Location:
Characteristics: solitary plant
Usage: patio plant / suitable for cutting
Grams per 1000 seeds: 0.5 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
2000
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
1 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 2 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 - 8 weeks
Cutting back at Transplanting: Cut-back once to keep more compact.
Container Size(s): 1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm (4 1/2") / 2-3 plugs per 15 cm (6")
Vernalization: No vernalization required for flowering in the first year.
Forcing: This species is not a suitable candidate for forcing.
Fertilizer: Light (100-150 ppm)
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