BELAMCANDA chinensis

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BELAMCANDA chinensis

Blackberry Lily, Leopard Flower
[Freckle Face]
Select Item No. BA026

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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: Iridaceae
Origin: Central Asia, India, China, Japan
Special Features: Charming large bowl-shaped orange blooms with red-brown spots and decorative seed pods with shiny black seeds. Beautiful cut flower - fresh or dried, TCM plant.
 
Basic Colour: (orange)
Flower Colour: orange with red-brown spots
Natural Flowering Period: July - September
 
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z5 - Z9
Foliage: sword-like
Growth Habit: erect / rhizomatous
Height with Flowers: 60 cm
Spacing between Plants: 60 cm
Soil Requirements: well-drained / average
Location:
Characteristics: decorative fruit / medicinal plant / culinary herb
Usage: suitable for cutting
Grams per 1000 seeds: 20 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
50
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
60 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 2 per cell
Plug tray recommended size(s): 72 / 128
Sowing Direction:

(7) These seeds must be covered with a layer seed kernel diameter. Keep daytime temperatures at approximately +20°C [68°F], and keep the moisture constant, for Cyclamen, however, +18°C [64°F] is recommended. The seeds must be kept in the light and moderately warm after germination.

Best Sowing Date
(northern Hemisphere, Field condition):
Anytime
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): 1-2 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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