Bauhinia Galpinii 'Red Orchid Tree' Seed

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Bauhinia Gapinii - 5+ Seeds

One of the Orchid Tree species with very oriental brick red, orchid like flowers and notched leaves shaped like hooves. B. galpinii if let alone grows like scandent shrub forming round mounds but it can be shaped in different ways to your liking. Known to be grown as a hedge, grown as a vine or shaped as small feature trees.

Edible uses:  Flower buds, flowers, leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable, often used in curries. The flower buds are often pickled or used in curries. Young seedpods - cooked and eaten as a vegetable. The seeds are fried and eaten. The gum is also edible.

Propagation: From scarified seed or boiling water treatment.
One method is to put them in a cup and pour on the four to five times their volume of water heated to just below boiling. As they cool, the seeds should swell from the water that has penetrated their hard exteriors. Plant in your pots and keep moist.

Seed - Bauhina's germinate readily, with up to 100% germinating after 14 months storage. Germination is very rapid, with seedlings appearing within 4 - 10 days. Seedlings grow rapidly and, under good conditions, can be more than 1 metre tall within 2 months of germinating. The seedlings are somewhat difficult to transplant and so are best moved to their permanent positions whilst still small. If larger plants are moved then they should be pruned back to allow easier establishment. 

Cultivation: Generally adaptable in cultivation, responds to sunny, reasonably well drained positions in most soils. Useful as a tall background plant. Very fast growing.

  • Easily shapeable
  • Suitable for planting in tropical area
Seed Starting Method Raise seedlings and plant out
Sowing Depth 10mm
Growing Season Spring & Autumn
Germination Time 4-10days at around 21c
Hardiness Frost tender when young
Plant Spacing  N/A
Plant Height 10m by 9m - easy to prune into desired shape
Planting Position Partial or full sun
Days Until Maturity  Plant out when seedling show signs of good root development - within one month.
Growing tips Use a high phosphorus flower food at the beginning of bloom season.

Each seed packet contains a minimum of 5x seeds and complimentary growing notes. 

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