HOVEA montana - Alpine Hovea 5g

Rare - Tasmanian Threatened Species

SKU: N 331-5g
Stock: Out Of Stock

Family: Fabaceae
Sub-family: Faboideae
Characteristics: Low spreading shrub 40 cm Spread 1.5 m

Seed per packet: Approx. 15
Seed per gram: Approx. 50

Size:
$40.00 AUD Excl. GST

A short-stemmed branching spreading shrub with narrow dark green leathery leaves and attractive Pea-like deep mauve flowers that occur profusely for spring to early summer.

Listed as Rare under the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995  

Endemic to New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

Prefers light to medium well-drained soil in a partially shaded position, drought and 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 seed 3-4 deep, keep warm & moist but not too 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 were discarded.

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