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Blue Quandong forms a large buttress trunk at the base of the tree with visible roots and a spreading canopy.
Flowering occurs from March to June (in its native range) and is followed by blue fruits that weigh 7g on average.
The tree starts bearing fruit in three to four years.
The indigenous people valued the Quandongs for their medicinal properties and would traditionally make an edible paste from the ripe fruit that is often referred to as Wild Peach, Desert Peach or Native Peach. Quandongs have a vitamin C content higher than oranges.
Also known as Elaeocarpus angustifolius.
Occurs naturally in the Northern Territory and Queensland as well as Asia.
Prefers moist soil in a sunny position, tolerant to the occasional light frost.
The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 25-28°C for this species.
Filing or cutting the seed to expose a small part of the embryo assists in the uptake of moisture giving faster germination. Care must be taken not to damage the embryo if this method is undertaken.
Soak the seed for 7 days changing the water daily to remove inhibitors.
Sow seed 1cm deep
Place in a warm shaded or semi-shaded position to avoid dying out.
Keep warm & moist, and avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
Germination can be slow and take several months to a year or more to occur under natural conditions.
The seed will also germinate successfully in the compost pile, providing it is kept moist and retains heat. Simply cover the compost with a damp hessian bag and keep warm and moist.
These growth notes are provided as guidance only and do not guarantee successful germination.
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