Banksia Integrifolia "Coastal Banksia" 10 Seeds
Small tree or shrub to 35 metres high. Flowers are usually pale yellow to yellow, but may be greenish or pinkish in bud.
Hardy and versatile, B. integrifolia will grow in clay, sand, acid and even alkaline soils, and it shows good resistance to wind and salt, making it suitable for seaside planting. It is therefore highly regarded as a low-maintenance garden tree, although its large size makes it unsuitable for smaller gardens.
The wood of B. integrifolia is pink to red. It is spongy and porous. It is considered highly decorative, but it warps badly on drying, has poor load-bearing qualities, and is susceptible to termite attack; it is therefore unsuitable for most construction purposes. It is a useful firewood.
Historically, indigenous Australians obtained nectar from B. integrifolia by stroking the flower spikes then licking their hands, or by steeping flower spikes in a coolamon overnight. They also used the flower spikes as hairbrushes. Early settlers used the nectar as a syrup for sore throats and colds; and bushmen would infuse barren "cones" with fat to make a slow-burning candle.
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“More recently, B. integrifolia has been used in the art of bonsai. Its rangy habit and long internodes are challenging to overcome, but the leaves do reduce with pruning, and unlike the gnarlier B. serrata (saw banksia) its trunk can become textured with age”. Wikipedia 2018
Preparation: Use very clean ingredients sterilise the seed-raising mix before planting, as Banksia seedlings are prone to fungal attack.
Sowing: Sow seeds in a mix made from equal parts of river sand, loam and peat moss.
Care: Keep, moist at all times. Transplant sprouts into small pots as soon as the first leaves appear.
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