1 Package of 50 Seeds - Tiny Seeds
Lobelia gregoriana subsp. gregoriana is native to wetter spots in the alpine zone of Mount Kenya between 3300 and 4600 m, where the extreme climate is usually clear and cold in the mornings with intense sunshine, cloudy or foggy in the afternoons and clear and frosty at night.
Lobelia gregoriana forms a short-trunked, compact rosette of broad, stiff leaves with a reddish hue from a branching underground rhizome.
Similar to many bromeliads, the leaf rosette holds a reservoir of water among the tightly fitted leaves, which is key to it survival in this unhospitable habitat. This reservoir freezes at night, a process that produces just enough warmth to keep the core of the plant alive until the morning sun thaws the ice.
In cultivation, the giant Lobelia are rare and best suited to high mountain or highly oceanic climates without extremes of heat or cold. Lobelia gregoriana is successfully grown in southern New Zealand. Germination: Light germinator! Only sprinkle on the surface of the substrate + slightly press on. Substrate: Coir, pure sand or sowing mix + 2/3 sand or perlite. Keep bright and constantly moist but not wet.