Fire, Smoke, Past PBS posts

Diane Whitehead
Fri, 26 Aug 2005 19:50:02 PDT
When I first bought seeds from Silverhill, I sowed the ones said to 
like smooke in aluminum foil baking pans of peat-based compost.

I lit a tiny smoky fire in my woodstove and put the pans in for a 
little while.  The peat in one of them started to smoulder, but I put 
it out before any damage was done.

Here are the results- germination only.  (As a couple of other list 
members have written, growing the plants on is another level of 

Erica sphaeroidea and Syncarpha sphaeroidea germinated in about 60 days

Protea laurifolia in 30 days

P.neriifolia and P. punctata in about 3 weeks, but some unsmoked 
seeds germinated 4 days later than the smoked ones.

I haven't tried since, though I do have a package of Kirstenbosch smoke papers.

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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