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Acorn Banksia or Orange Banksia
SKU Code: B 14-20s
Characteristics: Tree or shrub 4-8m
Seed per packet: 5
An outstanding ornamental species that are ideal for cut flower production due to its bright coloured terminal flowers.
Conspicuous cylindrical flower spikes occur at the end of the branches and have a distinct acorn shape. The flowers open orange in colour about 100-150mm long by 80mm in diameter usually during autumn and winter.
Typically reaching around 4 metres in cultivation but larger under ideal conditions. The leaves are linear, about 150-300 mm long by 20 mm wide and have deeply serrated margins.
Endemic to Western Australia the Acorn Banksia is a common and widespread species.
Prefers light well-drained soil in an open sunny position, avoid waterlogged soils. Drought tolerant but frost tender when young.
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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