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Scaevola crassifolia, is an attractive small shrub with blue-white fan-shaped flowers. It blooms from mid-winter to summer but may flower later in cooler regions. The plant is especially useful in coastal regions where it can withstand constant sand and salt spray due to its thick, fleshy leaves. It's also a great plant for regenerating coastal dunes. In the wild, plants in protected positions can reach up to 1 meter in height, while those in exposed positions are much lower and have a more spreading growth habit.
Scaevola crassifolia is found in coastal areas of Western Australia, particularly in Carnarvon, Dampierland, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Hampton, Jarrah Forest, Pilbara, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren, and Yalgoo.
The plant is adaptable to most well-drained soils in an open, sunny position, and can tolerate full coastal exposure.
Seed can be sown throughout the year in many parts of Australia, but it is generally recommended to sow it in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoiding the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimal temperature for germination is around 18-22°C.
Sow the seed, use a porous seed-raising mix and cover it lightly.
Place it in a warm, shaded or semi-shaded position to avoid drying out. The growing medium should be well-draining but remain moist between watering.
Germination should occur within 21-60 days, depending on the temperature and conditions. It is recommended to pre-treat the seed with smoke, as many members of this genus are responsive to this pre-treatment. Although germination may occur without smoke pre-treatment, it has been proven beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates in this species.
Smoke treatments are simple and can be performed by soaking the seed overnight or applying it to the surface after sowing to get good results. Smoke treatments are available by clicking here.
These growth notes are provided as guidance only and do not guarantee successful germination.
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