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ENCHYLAENA tomentosa

Stock: 225 Available

Ruby Salt Bush

Family: Amaranthaceae

Subfamily: Camphorosmoideae

Characteristics: Shrub 1 m spread 1 m

Seeds per packet: 15

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Produces soft sweet ruby red berry 6-8 mm in diameter, the fruits are pleasant to eat and make a sweet, juicy snack food when eaten raw or soaked in water to make a sweet drink. They can also be dried and reconstituted later.
A red dye can also be made from the berries.

Ruby salt bush is a common species of semi-arid and arid climates. It is a small, shrub to about 1 metre high with greyish foliage. It is not widely cultivated but would be a useful plant for gardens in dry climates.

Endemic throughout Australia.

Prefers a light to heavy soil in an open position, drought and frost resistant and salt tolerant.

Please Note: Although many of the traditional Bush Food and Medicine plants are now commercially produced in various forms we recommend you re-search these before using them as any form of food or medicines. Some parts of the plant may not be edible or some may need prepared before they are safe to eat or use in any way. We do our best to describe their traditional & modern uses. It is the purchaser responsibility to ensure they are fit for their intended use.

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 18-22°C for this species.

Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended for this species.
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.

  1. Sow seed 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 too 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 generally occurs in around 21-28 days in the right conditions.

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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