Mocán is the only species within the genus Visnea and is native of open spots in the lower laurel forest zone and the Fayal-Brezal zone of all Western Canary islands, where it is rarely found. Few remote populations still exist in Western Portugal as well. It is an ornamental, evergreen tall shrub to small tree of the Tea family (Theaceae) with leathery, dark green, glossy leaves and axillary born white, fragrant bell shaped flowers in spring. The latter are followed by bright red fruit turning black with maturity from late summer through early winter. It is easily cultivated in pots or containers in any well drained, rocky soil in full sun throughout the year. Keep plants drier in winter at a minimum of some 10°C.
Sow seeds flat in any humus rich , well drained soil. Place pots in a sunny spot at some 15°C to 25°C throughout the year. At night temperatures should drop significantly to some 10°C to 15°C, which greatly supports the germination process which may take up to 12 months as reported by several customers. Keep seedlings always slightly moist from beneath and transplant to larger pots after the second pair of real leaves.
All are USDA Climate Zone 10.
20 seeds per package.