Friday, 11 July 2014

I have a very green fingered friend down the road to whom same years ago I gave plants of M. punicea - this is the unique bright scarlet species.  I do have a little seed this year which I sowed a month ago and hope this will germinate next spring when brought into the warmth from the  dark damp site where the pan now lies. HOWEVER my friend has several hundred well grown plants of this and gave me a pot of seedlings which I have carefully nurtured and now have 250 plants for distribution to various public gardens who may want them. M. punicea in cultivation has been very much rescued, which only goes to show that passing rare plants on is a good long term strategy!