Bauhinia purpurea (Orchid Tree) seeds
Half Hardy Shrub/Tree (to 0C)
Height: Prune to keep small, 3m if left to grow
Position: Lots of sun and well drained soil
Packet of 10 seeds
Pre-Sowing Instructions: Soak seeds in warm water until they start to swell slightly.
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Sow well-spaced and approx. 6mm deep in an equal mix of vermiculite/perlite and good quality seed compost, eg. John Innes. Seal inside a polythene bag or place in a propagator and maintain at 22 – 26C. Germination takes from 3 to 6 weeks. Check the container regularly to make sure the compost does not dry out and open the bag/vents once the seeds start to germinate.
Growing Instructions: When seedlings are large enough to handle, remove them carefully from the container and pot up individually into 9-11cm pots. Grow on in cooler conditions (15-20C) in good, natural light, but avoid direct sunlight, re-potting as necessary.
In mild areas, Bauhinia can be planted out in the garden in a sunny position with winter protection. Otherwise, as a houseplant they like lots of light, regular watering, a monthly feed and annual pruning after flowering to restrict size. Can be placed outdoors in a sheltered sunny spot in summer.