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Hakea scoparia is an attractive flowering shrub growing from 1.2 to 3 metres in height with long needle-like leaves up to 27cm long. Creamy white flowers ageing to pink and red occur from June to September in their native range.
Endemic to the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.
Adaptable to most soil types providing it is well-draining, prefers an open sunny position. Drought tolerant and moderately 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, avoid 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 useful for 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 Plant Society - Hakea Propagation)
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 are discarded.
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