Bixa orellana, known as the annatto shrub or lipstick shrub, grows to about 2 m high and is planted mainly because of the non-toxic red dye obtained from the seed coat. The red dye is used for making lipsticks and coloring food. Bixa orellana has large heart-shaped leaves and clusters of small pink flowers
Use Jiffy peat soaking pots for sowing, allow to swell in water and place in a plastic pot. Alternatively, commercially available seed substrates can also be used.
Spread a few seeds on the peat soaking pot and cover them thinly with the sowing substrate (about 2 mm).
Then place the plastic pot in a zip lock bag - with a pot size of 6 cm, a zip lock bag measuring 120 x 170 mm is recommended. Put enough tap water with a few drops of universal fertilizer in the zip lock bag so that a few mm of water remain after the substrate has been soaked up.
Location: on the windowsill or in a mini greenhouse in partial shade, during the day the temperatures should be around 24 - 28 C, at night a little lower at 20 - 24 C. The resulting microclimate creates ideal germination conditions.
price is for 5 seeds
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