Blandfordia Grandiflora Seeds (Large Christmas Bells Seeds)

Blandfordia Grandiflora Seeds (Large Christmas Bells Seeds)

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Blandfordia grandiflora has beautiful red waxy flowers with a yellow edge. Its bells vary from dark red with yellow edging to all yellow...

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Blandfordia grandiflora, commonly known as Large Christmas Bells, is an evergreen soft-wooded perennial native to Australia. Christmas Bells flower around Christmas and are a familiar Christmas decoration for many Australians, hence its common name. The plant is considered an endangered species in Queenland. Blandfordia grandiflora has beautiful red waxy flowers with a yellow edge. Its bells vary from dark red with yellow edging to all yellow. The plant usually takes three years to flower. The flowers grow in clusters of 3 to 9 at the top of the stem. Blandfordia grandiflora is a slow germinating plant, so the seeds will take a long time to grow. Do not let dry out between waterings. Blandfordia grandiflora requires moist, well drained soils preferably of a light texture such as sandy loam. The plant is very suitable for growing in pots and is a must for gardens. It should not be in direct sunlight or in heavy shade. Hardiness Zone: 9-12
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Common name Large Christmas Bells
Family Blandfordiaceae
Genus Blandfordia
Species Blandfordia grandiflora
Cultivar No
Therapeutic uses No
Germination Blandfordia grandiflora needs a potting mixture of 50% peat and 50% sand with the pH adjusted to around 5.0 for germinating the seed. Fill a seed tray with the mix and level the surface. Sprinkle the seed as evenly as possible over the surface.

Cover the seeds with a light sprinkling of the mix, and water lightly.
Do not let the seeds dry out. Keep the seeds moist but not wet.

Germination usually takes three weeks, but can be faster in warm, humid weather and much slower in winter. The main dangers in the germination stage are fungal diseases, so regulation of watering is critical.

Excess water and shade can also encourage the growth of moss that can retard and choke the seedlings.

Growth in the seedling stage is slow, and it will take 4 to 5 months for seedlings to reach a height of 5–6 cm. Begin fertilising with a weak solution of complete fertiliser (half the normal rate at fortnightly intervals) when the first true leaves have appeared.
Scarification / Stratification No

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