Melianthus comosus (Honey Flower) seeds
A rare, smaller relative of the very showy Melianthus major, this South African native shrub still brings an exotic touch to the garden, just on a smaller, more manageable scale!
This unusual plant has grey-green, deeply serrated leaves with coppery undersides and large, orange-red flowers followed by inflated fruit pods. Hardy to -5C in a sheltered spot in mild areas but a fleece jacket is advised in cold regions.
Hardy Shrub (to -5C)
Flowers: April to May
Height: 1 - 1.5m, Spread: 1 - 1.5m
Position: Sun in well drained soil
Packet of 10 seeds
Image Credit: Plant World Seeds
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Sow very thinly in trays or pots of moist seed compost at a depth of 2mm and place in a propagator or seal inside a polythene bag. Maintain an optimum temperature of 15-22C and germination should take place in 21-90 days.
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. Overwinter as necessary at a temperature of about 5C.
Aftercare Instructions: Harden off and plant out when all risk of frost has passed in a sheltered sunny spot. In cold areas, protect from frost with a root mulch and fleece, or maintain as a container plant and move to a frost free place for winter. It may be wise to protect even in mild areas for the first couple of winters until the shrub is more well established.