Banksia Seed Collection
A collection of 4 different and beautiful Banksias, uniquely Australian plants which are great for creating beautiful habitat!
Banksia robur, the swamp banksia, is a dramatic looking fast growing banksia with large serrated leaves, new leaf growth is felty brown and attractive in its own right. The flowers are bluish green, and turn yellow green as the flower ages. An adaptable plant to a wide range of conditions and soils. It needs full sun for best flowering, but will happily grow in part shade. The flowers are bluish green, and turn yellow green as the flower ages. It is hardy to frosts once established.
Banksia coccinea, the scarlet banksia, is a beautiful bright red and silver flowering banksia from Western Australia, very popular in the cut flower industry…. a plant with real wow factor. It grows as a large shrub to small tree around 5 metres tall. It grows naturally on sandy acidic soils and dislikes clay. Gardens with shallow dense soil will benefit from creating raised beds or mounds for this plant, and it will also grow well in very large containers where it can have great drainage. It will possibly be a short lived plant in humid areas along the east coast of Australia, does well in southern states.
Banksia grandis, the bull banksia, has spectacular yellow flower heads and large toothed foliage on a large shrub to small tree (5 to 10+ metres) on this iconic Western Australian Banksia. New foliage growth can be red coloured. It makes a great feature shrub and is especially good for coastal areas. It is a very low maintenance plant. Doesn’t like excessive humidity, and prefers a well drained sandy soil.
Banksia spinulosa, the hairpin banksia, is an attractive and easy care large shrub to small tree, growing from 1 to 3 metres tall and wide. It has a long flowering period, from autumn through to spring, making it a good food source for nectar loving wildlife and birds. Good on a range of soils from light sandy to clay loam. Rarely troubled by pests or disease.
5 seeds per packet
SEED SOWING – Sow in spring or autumn. Sow on the surface of good quality seed raising mix and only just cover the seed with more mix, they should not be sown too deeply. Keep moist but not wet, as over wet conditions can cause the seed to rot. Smoke treatment is not necessary but may improve germination. If you decide to use it, there are smoke granules also available here, and they can be sprinkled over at seed planting time. Seed germinates in three to five weeks. If germinating in pots or punnets, prick out new seedlings at the cotyledon stage.
The Gardening With Angus seed range is a mix of species that are either wild sourced from licensed harvesters or superior species selections grown in cultivation. The seeds are thoroughly tested for quality, viability & germination. They are meticulously cleaned followed by oxygen deprivation storage, before being sealed for freshness within a heat sealed seed sachet.