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- Spring or summer is the best time to plant Kōwhai.
- Drag the seed lightly across sandpaper to enable water to penetrate it.
- Fill a small container (yoghurt pottle-sized) with potting mix. Ensure it has plenty of drainage holes.
- Thoroughly water it and leave it to drain.
- Create a 1cm-deep hole in the mix.
- Place your seed in the hole.
- Put this in a warm place out of direct sunlight.
- Wait 2-4 weeks, watering occasionally so the soil doesn't dry out.
- Once a seedling appears, place your pot in the full sun.
- Do not over water it.
Once the seedling is approx. 8cm tall - repot it into a larger pot, about 10cm x 10cm. Avoid damaging the roots.
- It will be fine here for the first year, but move it to a larger pot as needed.
- Your Kōwhai will be ready to plant in the wild after about 2 years!