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BANKSIA gardneri ssp. gardneri

Prostrate Banksia

Stock: Available

SKU Code: B 83

AUD $12.00

Family: Proteaceae
Characteristics: Prostrate shrub 10-30 cm

Seed per packet: 5
Sold by seed count

Banksia gardneri is a dwarf prostrate spreading lignotuberous shrub that produces attractive orange-brown-red-pink flowers from April to November in its natural range.
The flower rises from horizontal branches that usually lay on the ground and dusky-red flower heads 15-18 cm. The flowers are usually pollinated by ants.
A hardy Banksia that is well suited to coastal and embankment planting.

Native to the South West coastal regions,  the Avon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Warren of Western Australia

Prefers well-drained sandy 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, avoid 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 seed 3-4 mm deep. Vermiculite is an excellent medium 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-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 it 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 were discarded.

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