HOVEA lanceolata5g

SKU: N 436-5g
Stock: In Stock

Family: Fabaceae
Sub-family: Faboideae
Characteristics: Shrub to 3m, spread 1m

Seed per packet: Approx. 15
Seed per gram: Approx. 18

Size:
$13.00 AUD Inc. GST

An attractive small shrub with alluring bright bluish-purple pea-shaped flowers that occurs in clusters borne in axillary racemes of up to 4 flowers with each flower up to 15 mm wide across during spring.
As with all the Fabaceae family, they are nitrogen fixers.

Occurs naturally in the forests and woodland in Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales to Cowra.

Prefers well-drained soil in a protected. participle shaded position, frost resistant.

Grow notes: 

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.

Hovea seeds germinate readily, however, they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally, germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.

  1. Place the seed in a container and pour in just boiled water and allow to soak overnight.
  2. The swollen seed can then be sown, re-treat seeds that have not swollen.
  3. Sow 4-5mm deep. keep warm & moist but not wet.
  4. Germination should occur in 10-21 days @ 18-22C.

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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