Veltheimia bracteata

Forest sandlily seeds

Veltheimia bracteata, called forest sandlily is a beautiful deciduous bulb, with a moderate to fast growth rate. The inflorescence is a dense raceme of tubular flowers carried on a long stalk, reaching a height of up to 600 mm. The colour of the flowers is variable, and could be pale pink, dusky pink, orange-pink or deep rose pink, and is occasionally greenish-yellow. Veltheimia bracteata can be found growing wild in the forests and coastal scrub of the Eastern Cape. The genus is named in honor of a German patron of botany, August Ferdinand Graf von Veltheim (1741-1801). The forest lily is easily cultivated and grows well in semi-shade or shade. The seed should be sown in autumn, thinly to allow the seedlings room to develop, 3 - 4 mm deep, in deep (min. 10 cm) trays and kept moist and shaded. A recommended sowing medium is equal parts river sand or industrial sand and fine compost, fine bark or loam. Germination takes two to three weeks and the seedlings should be fed with dilute liquid fertilizer every two weeks after germination. Text: T. Adams & A. Notten. Photos © Peter Swart 

3 seeds   2.69 US$

Veltheimia bracteata Forest sandlily seeds
Veltheimia bracteata
Forest sandlily
Veltheimia bracteata Forest sandlily seeds
Veltheimia bracteata
Forest sandlily




germination instructions Veltheimia bracteata - Forest sandlily:

Please use for sowing Jiffy 7 Peat Pellets, soak them in water and put in a plastic pot.
Alternatively, normal seed substrate could be used as well.

Sow the seeds on the peat pellets and cover the seeds with a thin layer of peat (about 2 mm).

Then put the plastic pot in a ziplock bag - with a pot size of 6 cm , a ziplock bag of size 12 x 17 cm is recommended . Fill in the ziplock bag as much tap water with a few drops of universal fertilizer, so that after the absorption of the substrate a few mm of water remain on the bottom. Then close the ziplock bag - Ready!

More watering is not required because no moisture evaporates through the ziplock bag .

Location: on the windowsill or in a small greenhouse in partial shade, daytime temperatures at about 75-83 F, somewhat lower at night at 68-75 F. The resulting micro-climate provides ideal conditions for germination.

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