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Fern Leaved Banksia
Characteristics: Shrub 100-150 cm
Seeds per packet: 5
Typically a fairly open multi-stemmed shrub with cylindrical flowers that can be various shades of blue-grey or greenish yellow in bud, opening to a yellow. The flowers occur in autumn and winter.
Grey-brown bark with the new foliage growth being hairy and a rusty colour.
Indigenous to the coastal strip of Eastern Australia and is common in dry heaths and rocky areas around Sydney.
Prefers a well-drained soil in an open sunny position. An east coast Banksia that better tolerates summer humidity and moisture than those from the west coast.
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: 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 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.