Unusual, evergreen shrub with grey-green foliage, white-felted beneath, and exotic-looking flowers with crimson and white petals and prominent crimson stamens. After a long, hot summer, these are followed by egg-shaped, edible berries with a guava-like flavour. Hardy in mild winter areas especially in a sunny, sheltered position. Elsewhere, protect from severe frost with fleece.
Our seeds are hand packed in our unique, reusable, paper packets and a detailed growing guide is supplied to help you get the best from your seeds.
Pre-sowing Treatment: Rinse the seeds well with tepid water 3 times before sowing.
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Sow in pots or trays of moist, peat-based seed compost, eg. Levington, at a depth of 2mm. Seal in a polythene bag or place in a propagator and maintain an optimum temperature of 18-25C. Germination should take place in 21 to 60 days. Gradually increase ventilation as the seedlings emerge by opening the bag or propagator vents.
Growing Instructions: When the seedlings are large enough to handle, pot up into small pots and grow on in slightly cooler conditions in plenty of light but shaded from direct sunlight. Overwinter in a frost free place for the first couple of winters before hardening off and planting out in a sunny position. Hardy to –5C when mature – may need protection in very cold regions.