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Characteristics: Shrub 3 m spread 2 m
Seeds per packet: 5
Telopea truncata is an upright shrub to about 3 metres with bright red flowers that occur in a loose cluster of 10-20 individual flowers at the ends of the erect stems.
Deep green narrow oblanceolate leaves up to 10 cm long. Young branches and unopened flower heads are often covered with brownish hairs.
The Tasmanian Waratah is an excellent candidate for gardens in cooler climates and has been grown successfully in Europe, North America and Canada.
Prefers a medium moist soil in a protected shaded position. Frost resistant but drought tender.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in 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
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.
Smoke Treatments: Pre-treatment of smoke is not considered critical to germination of this species of Proteaceae and germination will generally occur without it.
Many members of the Proteaceae family are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination will often occur without smoke treatment it has proved to be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates in some species of the Proteaceae family.
Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken either by soaking the seed overnight or by applying to the surface after sowing, both provide good results. Smoke treatments available by clicking here.