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Albany Granite Banksia
Characteristics: Shrub 3-6 m spread 3-5 m
Seeds per packet: 5
A fast-growing Banksia with stunning large flower. The flowers can be from yellow to reddish orange colours and occur from mid-summer to mid-autumn.
An attractive species of that occurs naturally around the Albany region on the south coast of Western Australia making it an ideal variety for harsh windy coastal conditions.
The large flower spikes are popular in cut and dried flower arrangements.
Prefers a light to medium well drained soil in a sunny position. Adaptable to a range conditions but dislikes humid wet conditions.
Image credit Ray Forma
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.