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KENNEDIA prostrata

Running Postman Creeping Form

Stock: Available

SKU Code: N 48


$4.00

Family: Fabaceae
Sub-family: Faboideae
Characteristics: Twining vine

Seed per packet: Approx. 15
Seed per gram: Approx. 30

Attractive prostrate ground covering vine commonly known as Running Postman or Scarlet Runner that produces attractive pea-shaped red and yellow flowers that occurs over the cooler months from April to November in its native range.
Endemic to a large area of southern Australia including WA, SA, VIC, NSW and Tasmania.

Prefers light to medium soil in an open sunny 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

Kennedia seeds germinate readily, however, they do have a hard outer coating that is impervious to water. To assist in the uptake of moisture for germination to occur seed is best scarified by pre-treating with hot water first.

Hot water treatment is recommended for this species.

  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, and re-treat seeds that have not swollen.
  3. Sow seed 4-6mm seed.
  4. Do not bury the seed too deeply.
  5. Place in a warm shaded or semi-shaded position to avoid dying out.
  6. Keep warm & moist, and avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  7. Germination should occur in 10-21 days @ 18-22°C

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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