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|Nom commun||Canary Bellflower|
|Germination||Canarina canariensis seeds will usually germinate in 30-180 days, even under good conditions germination may be erratic. Sow seeds about 1mm deep in a well drained seed sowing mix at about 22øC. Do not cover the seeds. Keep the pots always slightly moist from beneath. Place them in a partially shaded spot. In several Canary plants, higher temperatures will slow down or even inhibit germination! Young seedlings are growing rather slowly, as soon as fourth pair of leaves appears they grow rapidly, especially from autumn to spring. Keep them in a sunny place, at a minimum of 7øC in winter.
Canarina is a beautiful plant but can be tricky. Seedlings need a certain tuber size before they flower and this may take several years. Also it is important not to keep them too warm in spring as warmth induces dormancy, and if this happens too early in the season, tuber growth will be poor and it will be prone to rotting. The tuber must not be kept totally dry when dormant. Note that even with watering in summer, the growth will not start; it has a very precise timing for winter growth. This plant is sensitive to frost, even cold air currents when opening the greenhouse door during hard frosts can cause leaf burn on plants growing near the door.
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