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Smicrostigma viride (100 seeds)


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Smicrostigma viride(Aizoaceae). Sowing:Smicrostigma viride is a low-growing shrublet of up to 400 mm high, with smooth, succulent stems which become woody with age. The hooked triangular leaves (in cross section) are fused into pairs at the base, to sheath the stem below. The purple flowers are 25 mm in diameter and appear singly on the stem tips in early summer. Sowing: The small seeds can be sown in pots of fine, well-drained sand, when temperatures are warm. Cover the seeds with a very fine layer of grit and water from below with a fungicide to prevent damping off. For the first 3-4 days cover the pots with a sheet of glass/clear perspex to keep the humidity levels high. Remove the glass and replace it with light shade-cloth and mist once or twice a day for the next two weeks after which most seeds should have germinated. From then on misting can be reduced to every second and then every third day as the little plants grow. Locality: Ladysmith. Harvest: August 2023