B and T World Seeds' reference number:
USDA average, annual, minimum temperature Zone:3
Type of plant - sub-shrub
Flower: pale PINK, in umbels
Foliage: to 6mm., in 4s, ciliate
Height in meters: 0.35
Common names for Erica tetralix:
is included in the following B and T World Seeds flowering plant categories:
9: Alpine and Rock Garden Seed List (Hardy and Tender)
12: British Native Wild Flowers Shrubs and Trees
14: Cape Heaths (African Ericas) Seed List
45: Bee and Butterfly Attracting also Honey and Pollen Plant Seeds
80: South West European Native and Introduced Plants
103: Western European Native and Introduced Plants
185: Plant Species whose germination is improved by Smoke
Erica tetralix 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 tetralix 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).