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Port Lincoln Gum
Characteristics: Small tree or Mallee 5 m spread 2
Seeds per packet: 25
Robust small tree or mallee with glossy green foliage and a well displayed profusion of mauve-pink flowers from August to January. Flowers can sometimes occur in white or pink.
An excellent small tree or shrub for gardens and general landscaping.
Endemic to the southern tip of Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island in South Australia.
Adaptable to most well-drained soils in a sunny position. Well suited to coastal soils. Drought, frost and salt tolerant.
Eucalypt's germinate readily from seed and are generally considered one of the easiest natives to grow from seed.
Depending on the species Eucalyptus seed comes in various sizes from very fine to several millimetres long. As a rule of thumb seed that is fine should be sown on the surface of a porous mix and not buried. Seed 1 to 2 mm in diameter can be covered very lightly and seed from 2 mm up can be sown to a depth of the seed width.
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
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.