OUT OF STOCK
Characteristics: Small shrub 0.5-1 m spread 60 cm
Seeds per packets: 20
An erect shrub with soft silver grey leaves and star shaped flowers, up to 7 cm across which are flannel like in texture. An excellent plant for pots or gardens.
Endemic to New South Wales.
Prefers full sun in a well-drained soil. Grows well in arid areas. Dislikes over watering.
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
Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended for this species.
- Soak seed in tepid water overnight.
- Sow seed on a porous seed raising mix and cover lightly. Do not bury seed deeply.
- Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
- The growing medium should be well draining but should remain damp between watering. Keep moist but not too wet as the seed may rot. Do not let the growing mix completely dry out.
- Germination should occur in 21-42 days depending on the temperature and conditions.
Pre-treatment of smoke:
Many members of this genus are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination may occur without smoke treatment it has proved to be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates in many species.
Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken either by soaking the seed overnight or by applying to the surface after sowing, both provide good results. Smoke treatments available by clicking here.
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.