THERMOPSIS chinensis

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THERMOPSIS chinensis

Chinese Bush Pea
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Select Item No. TA098

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One Portion is usually sufficient for approx. 50 plants.
Please switch to gram for larger quantities.



Plant Description

Life Cycle: Perennial
Family: Papilionaceae
Origin: Central and Eastern China
Special Features: Low maintenance perennial with lovely grey-purple flowering buds and panicles with brilliant yellow flower panicles, early flowering, stable, without runners.
 
Basic Colour: (yellow / gold)
Flower Colour: brilliant yellow
Natural Flowering Period: May - June
 
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z3 - Z8
Foliage: oblong
Growth Habit: upright, erect / bushy
Height with Flowers: 60 cm
Spacing between Plants: 60 cm
Soil Requirements: dry / well-drained
Location:
Grams per 1000 seeds: 10 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
100
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
20 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 3 per cell
Plug tray recommended size(s): 72 / 128
Sowing Direction:

(10) For these bigger hard-shelled seeds, mechanical damaging of the shell is helpful for quicker swelling. One method is to grind the seed in dry sharp sand. They can also be treated for several hours in a “softener” (Polyethylenglycol 6000), which is used for the production of plastic material.

Best Sowing Date
(northern Hemisphere, Field condition):
Anytime
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: There is no current research on vernalization but a prudent recommendation for any perennial would be 6-12 weeks (a few might need 15 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: Medium (150-200 ppm)
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