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BANKSIA baueri

Possum Banksia

Stock: Available

SKU Code: B 3 N


Family: Proteaceae
Characteristics: Shrub to 3 m spread 3 m
Seed per packet: 5
Sold by seed count

Banksia baueri is a popular plant in cultivation because of its moderate size and the unusually large flower spikes.

Tough-toothed leaves up to 13 cm long and large woolly flower spikes up to 30 cm or more long by 15 to 20 mm in diameter.  The individual flowers are cream to orange with greyish hairs. Flowering occurs in late winter and spring.

Although native to a summer-dry climate, the species has been successfully grown in more humid areas on the east coast.

Native to isolated pockets in the Southern region of Western Australia around Albany and Esperance.
Prefers sandy light well-drained soil in an open sunny position. Avoid waterlogged soils. Drought and frost resistant.

Grow notes:

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

  1. The growing medium should be well-draining but should remain damp between watering.
  2. Sow the seed 6-8mm deep. Vermiculite is a good medium to use to cover the surface as it helps retain moisture and controls the temperature. 
  3. Keep moist but not too wet as the seed may rot. Do not let the growing mix completely dry out. 
  4. Germination should occur in 21-60 days depending on the temperature and conditions.

Pre-germination of seeds by sowing into a closed container containing moist vermiculite or similar material is also a useful method of germinating seeds, particularly for winter sowing when outdoor temperatures may be unsuitable. Germination usually occurs in 1-2 weeks using this method and when the root has reached about a centimetre or so in length, the seedling can be placed into a small pot of seed-raising mix. (Source Australian Native Plants Society)

Pre-treatment of smoke: Not considered critical to germination of this species and germination will generally occur without it.
However many members of the Proteaceae family are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination will often 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 of the Proteaceae family. 
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 are 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 are discarded.

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