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Inland Red Mallee
Characteristics: Tree to 5-8 m
Seeds per packet: 10
Small Mallee to 5m high with rough flakey fibrous pale grey to grey brown bark at the base and smooth, tan to pinkish-grey to cream bark above.
Juvenile leaves ovate, adult leaves are lanceolate 125 mm long and 25 mm wide. Pale, creamy-yellow flowers occur in the leaf axils in clusters of 7-11.
Occurs naturally in the desert regions of the Gascoyne and Pilbara regions of Western Australia and the arid regions of South Australia.
Prefers well-drained soil in a sunny position, drought and frost resistant. Survives of an annual rainfall of less than 300 mm.
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.