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Scarlet Firethorn Pyracantha coccinea 500 Seeds USA Company

Scarlet Firethorn Pyracantha coccinea 500 Seeds USA Company

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Pyracantha coccinea, commonly known as firethorn, is a species of shrub belonging to the Rosaceae family. Here's a description:

Appearance: Firethorn is an evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub with an upright, dense growth habit. It typically reaches a height of 3 to 4 meters (10 to 13 feet) and spreads about the same width.

Leaves: The leaves are small, elliptical to ovate in shape, and have a glossy dark green color. They are alternately arranged along the stems.

Flowers: In spring, firethorn produces clusters of small, white flowers with five petals. These blooms are often followed by small green berries.

Berries: The berries ripen to a vibrant red, orange, or yellow color in late summer or early fall, adding ornamental value to the shrub. These berries persist through winter, providing a valuable food source for birds.

Thorns: One of the most distinctive features of Pyracantha coccinea is its sharp thorns, which are present along the branches. These thorns serve as a deterrent against browsing animals and also provide some protection for nesting birds.

Habitat: Firethorn is native to southeastern Europe and western Asia. It thrives in various soil types but prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. It is commonly used in gardens and landscapes as a hedge, screen, or espalier plant.

Uses: Apart from its ornamental value, firethorn also has practical uses. Its dense growth habit and thorny branches make it an effective barrier plant for security purposes. Additionally, its berries attract birds, making it a valuable plant for wildlife gardens.


Growing Instructions

The seeds have a dormancy period. They need a period of chilling which simulates winter conditions to break their dormancy.

1. Soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours.
2. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.
3. Put the seeds in the mixture.
4. Put the mixture in a ziplock bag.
5. Put the bag in the refrigerator and leave it there for 12 weeks.
6. Sow the seeds in pots with potting soil. Cover them with a thin layer of soil.
7. Water the seeds.
8. The seeds will sprout in 1 to 2 weeks.
9. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.


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