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SKU Code: N 568-20s
Characteristics: Small tree or shrub 5 to 12m
Seed per packet: 5
Banksia ilicifolia can grow to around 10-12 metres although it is variable depending on conditions. In wind-blasted coastal conditions, it can form a more shrub-like habit or small tree 5 to 7 metres.
The attractive flowers of the Holly-leaved Banksia are usually reddish at the base and cream above but age to a deep pink or red. Yellow flowers have also been observed in the wild.
Although considered not to be at risk in the wild the low seed set of this species makes it difficult to obtain. Often only one seed or sometimes two, will be produced on the cone and in some years no seed will be set at all.
Prefers a well-drained sandy soil in an open sunny position. Drought and wind-tolerant, suited to coastal conditions and soils.
Occurs naturally in the regions of the Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain and Warren in the South-West Province of Western Australia.
Seed is best sown in spring or autumn in a temperate climate.
The growing medium should be well draining but should remain damp between watering.
Sow the seed 3-4mm deep. Vermiculite is a good medium to use to cover the surface as it helps retain moisture and controls the temperature.
Keep moist but not too wet as the seed will rot.
Germination should occur in 21-60 days at 18-22°C
Pre-germination of seed 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: is not critical to the germination of this species. However many members of the Proteaceae family are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke
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.
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The purchaser is responsible for clearing the goods through their customs and paying all charges associated with clearing the goods, including any import fees and taxes if applicable.
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