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Subtropical / Hairpin Banksia (Banksia spinulosa)

Hairpin Banksia (Banksia spinulosa)
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The inflorescence of this Banksia species looks very special, can be up to 15cm in height, and consists of hundreds of individual flowers.

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€ 3,50
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Common name:
Hairpin-Banksia 

Origin:
Australia

Minimum temperature:
-5 degrees Celsius

Description: 
The inflorescence of this Banksia species looks very special, can be up to 15cm in height, and consists of hundreds of individual flowers. The base colour is gold-yellow and the protruding, hook shaped styles can be in shades of purple, red or pink. The have a wonderful sweet nectar smell, which is attractive to many pollinators. In Australia these can be bees, birds and marsupials. If it flowers in a more temperate country, it will mainly attract butterflies and bees. After pollination hard fruits are formed that only open after a forest fire. This is an ideal distribution technique for the plant, because now there is a rich soil and space available for the seeds. The species originates from eastern Australia and can mainly be found in dry, open forests on rocky soils on the coast. It is a woody shrub with thin leaves that can grow up to 2 – 3 metres in the wild. As a pot plant, it will stay smaller and can reach 1 – 2 metres height. Make sure to provide a well-draining soil (with sand for example) and a sunny spot. The plant can handle a few degrees of frost, but it is advised to protect it from frost and to bring it to a cool and light spot in the winter. 

Sowing description:
Sow the seeds a few millimetres deep in a mix of sand and sowing mix (1:1). Cover the soil with plastic foil or glass, to keep the soil lightly moist. Germination generallly occurs within 2-5 weeks at 20-25 dgC. Additionally, you could encourage germination by adding wood-ash to the soil.

Sowing time:
Whole year

Level of difficulty:
Intermediate
 

 

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