Crocosmia Lucifer seeds
Much loved reliable perennial, originating from South Africa,with a mass of sword-like leaves and trumpet shaped, brilliant red flowers from summer to late autumn. Will mostly come true from seed but may produce the odd plant in shades of red, pink or perhaps orange. Thrives in a sunny or semi shaded spot and is drought tolerant
Flowers: Summer to autumn
Height: 90 - 120cm
Position: Sun or semi-shade
Packet of 20 seeds
Sowing Instructions: Sow any time of the year except mid summer. Sow onto the surface of a moist, free-draining seed compost (eg. John Innes) mixed 50:50 with vermiculite or perlite. Cover seed with a sprinkling of vermiculite or perlite and propagate at 13to 18C in a propagator, greenhouse or on a shaded windowsill indoors sealed in a polythene bag. Germination will take place in 30 to 90 days. As soon as some of the seedlings begin to emerge, ventilate gradually, maintain a temperature of around 13 -15C and take care not to over-water.
Growing Instructions: Grow the seedlings on, shaded lightly from direct sunlight and when large enough to handle, pot up individually into 8 or 9cm pots. When large enough, plant out into well-drained soil in a sunny or semi shaded position.