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Named for its curious red spring flowers that resemble the beak of the New Zealand native parrot, the kaka, kakabeak makes a great filler plant and creates a wonderful burst of seasonal colour.
The NZ Department of Conservation estimates there are only around 150 plants left in the wild, so kakabeak is on the critically endangered species list.
Kakabeak prefers a sunny position, so in the wild it’s found on steep sites like cliffs, rocky crags and slips.
Fill a seed tray with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix. Press mix firmly into tray; water and allow to drain. Sow seed and cover lightly with seed raising mix. Place tray in a warm, shady, sheltered place and mist with water, as required, to keep moist (not wet).
Spring, Summer. Germination times of native seeds vary from 2 weeks to several months. Once seedlings are 3-5cm high, transplant into small individual pots. Grow on untill a root ball establishes and transplant into the garden or containers.
Soak seeds overnight in warm water to soften seed coat and enhance gernimation. Apply Yates Blitzem to protect young seedlings from snails and slugs.
Store in a cool dry place away from direct Sunlight. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
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