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|Common name||Large Christmas Bells|
|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.
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