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Crinodendron hookerianum - Lantern Tree

Crinodendron hookerianum (Lantern Tree) seeds


Beautiful and unique evergreen shrub from Chile with fragrant, waxy, crimson flowers that hang cherry-like from 8cm stalks and look just like Chinese lanterns. These remarkable flowers are produced in profusion from late spring to early summer. Needs a semi-shaded spot with acid soil and will grow happily in a container.

Winner of the Award of Garden Merit.

Hardy shrub (to -5C)
Flowers: Late spring to early summer
Height: 1.5-4m
Position: Semi-shade & acid soil

Packet of 10 seeds



 Pre-sowing Treatment: Soak the seeds in water which starts off hand hot for 3 hours.

Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Sow very thinly in trays or pots of good seed compost at a depth of 3mm and place in a propagator or seal inside a polythene bag. Maintain an optimum temperature of 13-18C and germination should take place in 1-4 months. Note: Germination can be very erratic, so sow thinly and prick out the seedlings as they become large enough to handle disturbing the rest of the compost as little as possible.

Growing Instructions: Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots. Over-winter at a temperature of about 5C. Harden off and plant out when all risk of frost has passed in a semi-shaded position in acid soil, or maintain in a container of ericaceous compost. Protect from frost for the first winter and in subsequent winters from temperatures lower than –5C.

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