MAG­I­CAL MANUKA

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Honey bees love manuka flow­ers. On a warm spring day you’ll see them busy col­lect­ing the nec­tar, which they turn into world-fa­mous honey. Manuka trees have an­other im­por­tant job. They’re called ‘colonis­ers’: when their seed lands on bare soil, they grow re­ally fast, mak­ing shade and shel­ter so that big­ger, slower grow­ing trees can start to grow. Manuka seed is tiny - like dust. Place the seed cap­sules in a pa­per bag in a warm dry place un­til the seed is re­leased. Then sift out the seed and sprin­kle it over a tray of seed rais­ing mix. Tiny seedlings will ap­pear in one to four weeks de­pend­ing on the tem­per­a­ture.

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