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CHAMELAUCIUM uncinatum

Geraldton Wax

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Family: Myrtaceae

Characteristics: Shrub to 2.5 m spread 4 m

Seeds per packet: 15

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A medium to large shrub typically with a fairly open habit. The leaves are narrow, up to 40 mm long and highly aromatic when crushed.

The flowers are circular in shape and is usually red, pink or cream 15-20 mm across occurring in loose elegant sprays appearing in spring and summer. Geraldton wax is one of Australia's most famous wildflowers and is widely used as a cut flower in Australia and overseas.

Endemic to Western Australia.

Prefers a light well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost resistant.

Seed is usually best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination of this genus is around 15-23°C

Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended for this species.

  1. Sow on surface of a porous seed raising mix. The seed will lodge in the the pores of the mix once watered.
  2. Sprinkle a light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed. Do not bury seed deeply.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  5. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination should occur in 21-60 days depending on the temperature and conditions.

Pre-treatment of smoke.
Research has shown that many members of this genus to be responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination will may occur without smoke treatment it has proved be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates of this species.

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.

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