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Characteristics: Shrub 3m spread 3m
Seeds per packets: 3
A perennial evergreen shrub with large nuts are the source of the jojoba oil.
Growing up to 3 metres in high with a similar spread. Male and female flowers occur on separate plants.
Native to deserts of Mexico and Arizona.
Prefers a well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought resistant but frost tender.
The optimum germination temperature for germination of this genus is around 25-30°C
Seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating, to assist with the update of moisture required for germination the following method is suggested. This is not critical but will generally reduce germination time.
General note: Seeds of many plants 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.