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Cricket Ball Hakea
SKU Code: N 163
Characteristics: Shrub 2 m spread 1.5 m
Seed per packet: 3 Large seeds
Seed per gram: Approx. 2-3
Commonly known as the Cricket Ball Hakea is a shrub that is most notable for its large woody fruit which is used in the cut flower industry, and resembling cricket balls hence the species' common name.
An erect branching stem with a rounded crown leaves 12 cm long. Clusters of creamy white flowers occur in the leaf axils during spring. Flowers attract honeyeaters and bees.
IBRA Regions of the Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Geraldton Sandplains and Malleei Western Australia.
Prefers light to medium well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost-resistant.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in many parts of Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoiding the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C.
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: Not considered critical for this Hakea but may be beneficial.
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 either by soaking the seed overnight or by applying to the surface after sowing, both provide good results. Smoke treatments are available by clicking here.
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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