RICHEA pandanifolia

Giant Grass Tree

SKU: E 139
Stock: Out Of Stock

Family: Ericaceae

Characteristics: Shrub or tree 2-10 m spread 1-3 m

Seeds per packet: 30

$5.10 AUD Excl. GST

Richea pandanifolia is a tall palm like species with leaves that are densely crowded towards the top of the trunk and cream or pink flowers that occur in cluster in summer.

Typically grows on a single stem but may be occasionally branched. It has tapering leaves 1.5 metres long on the larger specimens and like all richeas the base of the leaf wraps completely around the stem.

Native to the wet mountain forests of Tasmania.

Prefers a well-composted moist soil in a protected shaded position, frost resistant but drought tender.

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 15-23°C for this species.

Pre-treatment of smoke Recommended.

This genus is responsive to smoke, although it is not critical for germination of this species it usually beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates. Smoke treatments available by clicking here.

  1. Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix. The seed will lodge in the the pores of the mix once watered.
  2. Sprinkle a very light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed if required to hold the seed in place. Do not bury seed deeply.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  5. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination generally occurs in around 21-42 days in the right conditions.

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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