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Red Orchid Bush
Characteristics: Shrub 2 m spread 2 m
Seeds per packets: 6
Native to South Africa with distinctive and attractive twin leaves of the Bauhinia genus, which look like they have been cut from folded paper.
Flowers are rich red and nasturtium like occurring in large loose sprays. Can be encouraged in its clambering habit to cover pergolas or other structures.
Native to South Africa
Prefers a light well-drained soil in a protected sunny position, drought tolerant but frost tender.
Seed is usually best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination of this genus is around 25-30°C
Bauhinia seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating, to assist with the update of moisture required for germination the following method is suggested. This is not critical but will generally reduce germination time.
General note: Seeds of many plants are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.