Polygonatum punctatum BSWJ2395
6 seeds per packet.
A small, rare, epiphytic species collected by Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones from Sikkim, India. Produces thick, glossy, evergreen leaves, purple speckled stems and speckled pale lavender flower bells, which are borne in clusters at each leaf axil in late spring to summer, followed by red berries in autumn to winter. Height 50 cm. Part to full shade in a humus rich, moist, well drained soil. Best grown in a pot or raised bed and given a winter mulch for protection.
Sow from autumn to early spring. Cover seed thinly, press in gently and keep top of compost from drying out. Keep pot outdoors or in cold frame over winter. Seeds germinate in spring.
Alternatively, if seeds can’t be sown in autumn or early spring use the following method: mix seeds with damp vermiculite and place inside a ziplock bag, keep bag somewhere warm for 3 weeks, then place in fridge (not freezer) for 8 weeks. Next spread mixture on top of a pot, thinly cover with compost or grit and keep warm at 15 to 20°C until germination, then move to somewhere cooler.
Carefully prick out seedlings when they have developed true leaves and are large enough to transplant to individual pots for growing on.