Subtropical plants / Kaka Beak (Clianthus puniceus)

Kaka Beak (Clianthus puniceus)
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The remarkable red flowers look like the beak of the New Zealand Kaka, a parrot species. Performs well as a container plant. 

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€ 3,00
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Common name:
Kaka beak / Parrot's beak


The kaka beak or parrot's beak produces remarkable red flowers that resemble to the beak of the New Zealand parrot, the kaka. That’s why this species is sometimes called the kaka beak. The brush originates to the northern island of New Zealand, but is almost extinct in the wild. However, the species is cultivated in large, but all cultivated plants are almost genetically identical. The pinnate leaves are marvelous; the plant performs well as a container plant. Provide a sunny spot and protect the plant against frost.

Let the seeds soak for one minute in boiling water; afterwards let them cool off in cold water. Wrap seeds in a moisty sheet of paper towel and let them rest for 24 hours. Keep them constantly moist. After a day, the seeds should have been doubled in size. If that’s the case, the seed wall should be broken. Repeat the process for seeds that are not swollen.

Sow swollen seeds in sowing mix. Cover with plastic wrap or glass, keep the soil constantly moist and let them germinate in a warm spot at home. Germination can occur after a couple of weeks or months.

Sowing time:
All year round



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Rick - 15-02-2021 20:55

Goed protocol! Zaden in kokend water en daarna afkoelen wikkelen in keuken papier en nat maken. Verolgens in een "sealbag" gedaan en op een warm plekje gelegd. Zaden zwollen inderdaad op, uiteindelijk 7 van de 10 en gekiemd. Helaas 1 uitgevallen, maar nu heb ik 6 mooie plantjes staan. Op naar het voorjaar!

E.Zanetti - 02-12-2019 14:01

Tijdens het weken ontkiemden de zaden al. Binnen een week al plantjes, top!

Frank - 08-10-2018 05:38

Volgens bovenstaande methode (tot 4x herhaald) 100% ontkieming binnen een week! Belangrijk om direct na ontkieming in potgrond in het licht te zetten bij 15-25 graden anders blijft de plant te teer (potten na max 1cm).

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