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Commonly known as Southern rata
One of the hardiest species which will thrive outside in Cornwall. Coppery young leaves and bright crimson flowers
Evergreen - narrowly oval, shiny leaves to 6cm (2½in) long tapered equally at each end
Height - 15m (49ft)
Spread - 15m (49ft)
Tall Shrub - loosely-branching habit. Flowers with crimson stamens to 2cm (¾in) long are produced in clusters on older plants
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F) - when established
Full sun - protect from drying winds
Additional Features - Exotic plants
Pests & Diseases - none
Place of origin - New Zealand
Garden Location/Conditions - Greenhouse / conservatory - Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus-rich
Neutral to acid soil
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Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Vermin & Pest Control
SB Plant Invigorator
This is a non-biological non-chemical plant insecticide and mildewcide. Works against the physical motion of the insect. Perfect for all plants and edible crops.
Slate Plant Labels
These wonderfully tactile natural slate plant labels are hand made in Cornwall and come with a chalk pen. Just stick them in your pot or border. Pack of 6.
Slate Tie-on Plant Labels
Hand made in Cornwall, these delightful natural slate labels are perfect for pots. Comes with chalk pen. Pack of 5
Max/Min Digital Thermometer
Thermometer which displays current temperature in the centre, with Max above and min below. Suitable for use outdoors or in the greenhouse / conservatory. With batteries included