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Blue Desert Mallee
Characteristics: Mallee shurb 1.5 -7 m (Occasionally prostate)
Seeds per packet: Approx 15 Pure Seed
Mallee Shrub (multi-stemmed) with attractive blue-grey ovate to lanceolate shaped foliage and yellow flower buds opening to reveal creamy-white flowers that occur during October to December or Jan to March depending on conditions.
Fibrous flaking bark at the base of the trunk with smooth yellow-brown to pale above grey bark above.
The attractive foliage and flowers are ideal for use in floral arrangements.
Preforms extremely well in hot dry locations. Native to Central Australia.
Prefers deep sandy well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost resistant.
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.