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Hakea erecta is a medium-sized shrub with smooth grey bark and numerous branches.
It produces pink-cream flowers in clusters with a sweet fragrance. These blooms mostly appear in upper branchlets from September to October.
This species is frost-tolerant and has a long flowering period. It is also adaptable and can form dense thickets, providing excellent wildlife habitat and serving as a low windbreak.
Hakea erecta occurs naturally in the IBRA Regions of the Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Mallee, and the Swan Coastal Plain in Western Australia.
It prefers well-drained soil in an open, sunny position and is drought and frost-resistant.
The optimum temperature for germination is around 18-22°C.
Sow seed on a porous seed-raising mix and cover lightly. Do not bury the seed deeply.
Place in a warm shaded or semi-shaded position to avoid dying out.
The growing medium should be well draining but should remain damp between watering. Keep moist but not too wet as the seed may rot.
Germination should occur in 14-28 days
Pre-germination of seeds by sowing into a closed container containing moist vermiculite or similar material is also a useful method of germinating seeds, particularly for winter sowing when outdoor temperatures may be unsuitable. Germination usually occurs in 1-2 weeks using this method and when the root has reached about a centimetre or so in length, the seedling can be placed into a small pot of seed-raising mix. (Source Australian Native Plants Society)
Pre-treatment of smoke: Recommended for this Species.
Many members of the Proteaceae are responsive to the pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination will often occur without smoke treatment it has proved to be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates in many species.
Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken by soaking the seed overnight or applying to the surface after sowing, both provide good results.
Smoke treatments are available by clicking here.
These growth notes are provided as guidance only and do not guarantee successful germination.
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