B and T World Seeds' reference number:
USDA average, annual, minimum temperature Zone:9
Type of plant - sub-shrub
Flower: PINK, darker tips, attractive
Foliage: compact subshrub grows amongst rocks
Height in meters: small
is included in the following B and T World Seeds flowering plant categories:
9: Alpine and Rock Garden Seed List (Hardy and Tender)
14: Cape Heaths (African Ericas) Seed List
31: House and Container Plant Seed List
37: South African Native and Introduced Plants
43: Herbaceous Border Plant Seed List
185: Plant Species whose germination is improved by Smoke
190: Trees and Shrubs For Mediterranean Climates
191: Tropical Shrubs and Trees
Erica petraea seeds will usually germinate in 30-60 days, even under good conditions germination may be erratic. Normally will only germinate with light so surface sow. Sow Erica petraea seeds on the surface of a Peaty seed sowing mix at about 20°C.
Stratification (cold treatment or vernalization) Some seeds need to be overwintered before they will germinate. Some seeds need just a couple of weeks, others 3 months. Seeds can be stratified in dampened peat or sand, in a plastic box or bag at 4°C or 5°C in a refrigerator. The seeds should not be frozen or in a wet medium. Very small seeds can be sown on the surface of their growing medium, in pots sealed in plastic bags, and kept in the 'fridge. Many vernalized seeds need light to germinate when they are sown in the "Spring".
(Pre-chill for 4 weeks).