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Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany
B and T World Seeds' Botanical Glossary

B and T World Seeds' reference number: 77277

The average, annual, minimum temperature zone where Erica heliophila is cold hardy
USDA Zone:9 20° to 30°F   (-6.5° to -1°C)
Type of plant - shrub
Flower or inflorescence: PINK, urn shaped
Height, in meters: 0.5
Height, in feet: 1.65
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Erica heliophila is included in the following
B and T World Seeds flowering plant categories.

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
"Smoke" contains a butenolide compound produced by certain plants when heated, it speeds up or starts the germination of seeds from many different genera.
190:   Trees and Shrubs For Mediterranean Climates
191:   Tropical Shrubs and Trees
379:  Ericaceae


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Germination guide for Erica heliophila

These notes are a general guide, it is recommended to check specialist literature for some of the more unusual seeds in our lists.
Seed Germination Theory and Practice by Professor Norman C. Deno
Some knowledge about growing from seed is necessary to germinate even the easiest seeds. Most seeds require humidity to germinate, even desert plants like Welwitschia mirabilis require that their growing medium remains moist until germination.

Most seeds require oxygen to germinate, if buried too deep in their growing medium, or if the medium is too wet, the seeds may not get the oxygen they require.
Some seeds need to be in the light (surface sown) or in the dark (sown deep enough to receive little or no light) to germinate. A rule of thumb is to cover the seeds their own width deep in the growing medium, but some seeds prefer to be sown much deeper, and some fairly large seeds like to be surface sown (or higher).
Many seeds germinate best at certain temperatures, some will germinate at a comparatively wide range of temperatures, yet others need fluctuating temperatures.
Almost all seeds are waiting in a dormant state for some outside stimulus to break their dormancy, some just need sufficiently high ambiant humidity, others need scarification, vernalization or to be passed through the intestines of an animal.

Erica heliophila 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 heliophila seeds on the surface of a Peaty seed sowing mix at about 20°C.

Erica heliophila seeds need to be "overwintered" before they will germinate.

Stratification; cold treatment or vernalization. Seeds of some species 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".
Seed Germination Theory and Practice by Professor Norman C. Deno

(Pre-chill for 4 weeks).


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