Native Region: Unknown
Zone Range: 6-9
Preferred Climate: Semi sun to dappled shade; well draining humus rich soil.
Harvest Date: Tuesday 01 January, 2008
Seed count: 30-40
Bicoloured fragrant flowers cover the bushy plants in mid Spring. Mature plants reach 1.3 meters tall with a 1.5 meter spread.
This deciduous azalea is part of a rhododendron collection established decades ago by the late Ted and Mary Grieg, renouned plants people who imported from around the world. There is the odd surviving old tin label wrapped around a branch where the faded writing state not a name but an aquisition code. The Greigs found it worthy enough to enjoy in their own garden.
To conserve space and improve germination rates, use 10-15 cm deep nursery pots. Each pot is large enough for 50-100 seeds. Prepare two types of medium. Bottom layer: equal parts moist finely milled peat, coarse sand, and perlite. Germination layer: finely milled moist peat moss. Fill pot half way with the first and gently firm then add the second until 2 cm from the rim (allows growing space for seedlings). Gently tamp firm. Ensure medium is moist, place prepared pot in a tray of warm water. Your fingertip should tell you if the medium is well hydrated. Drain excess moisture. Evenly sow seed on the surface. DO NOT COVER SEED. A fine mist will settle seed on the germination surface. Stop misting when seed has full contact with medium. Maintain humid conditions via plastic cover. Seed need 20 C and darkness to germinate. Donít let the germination layer dry out or become too soggy. Should germinate in 2-8 weeks. Provide light when seedlings emerge. Feed with dilute fertilizer via misting. Prick out and harden off when seedlings have 2-4 sets of true leaves.