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ACACIA binata

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$4.00

Family: Fabaceae

Subfamily: Mimosaceae

Characteristics: Small dense shrub 1-1.5m with a similar spread

Seeds per packets: 15

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An attractive small fast growing dense shrub that displays a profusion of yellow ball shaped flower that can often completely cover the plant from August to October. 
Often seed growing at at the gravely roadside in the lower wheatbelt region of Western Australia.

Almost succulent like phyllodes (leaves) around 1-2 mm wide and 10-15 mm long finishing in a blunted point.

Endemic to the South-West Province of Western Australia around the Esperance region.

Prefers a gravelly soil but is adaptable to a range of well drained soils. Easily grown in most temperate areas, flowers best in full sun, frost hardy and drought tolerant with medium salt tolerance

Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, 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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