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ACACIA wattsiana

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Gladstone Wattle

Family: Fabaceae

Subfamily: Mimosaceae

Characteristics: Shrub 2 m spread 2 m

Seeds per packets: 15

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An erect and smooth stem with angular branches and a densely textured crown. Yellow flowers balls occur in small clusters from May to October its natural range.

The phyllodes (leaves) are ovate to oblong, blunt, narrowing at the base, leathery and 2.5 cm long, with a single nerve. the flowers are yellow balls, occurring in small clusters.

Endemic to South Australia.

Adaptable to most soils and positions, and is drought and frost resistant.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C.

Acacia seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.

  1. Place the seed in a container and pour in just boiled water and allow to soak overnight.
  2. The swollen seed can then be sown, re-treat seeds that have not swollen.
  3. Sow the depth of seed keep warm & moist but not wet.
  4. Germination should occur in 10-21 days @ 18-22C.

General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.


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