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Queensland Silver Wattle (Acacia Podalyriifolia) | 20+ Seeds | Same Day Dispatch

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Please find for sale 20+ fresh seeds of the beautiful Queensland Silver Wattle (Acacia Podalyriifolia). I also sell the seeds of the more common Silver Wattle (Acacia Dealbataseeds - see my shop for details. Confusingly both these species are often referred to as "Silver Wattle" or "Mimosa Tree". 

The tree will do well planted outside in Southern England or in urban/sheltered/coastal spots. In more northern/cold areas, the silver wattle can be grown as a container plant and brought into greenhouse/conservatory or given protection winter.  This fast growing beautiful little evergreen tree produces masses of fragrant yellow flowers in spring. The flowers are yellow, fragrant and copious. They form in the autumn but don’t come out until early spring, so don’t prune after late summer if you want flowers the following spring. 

GROWING UPDATE: I have been growing these from seed myself - grow really well and are really attractive but make sure you give them really free-draining soil. I lost a few to overwatering - they are of course Australian trees so they can handle long period of dry with the occasional soaking. 

PLEASE NOTE: All orders received before 8pm (Mon-Fri) will be dispatched same day





Germination Guide

Native to Australia, Silver Wattle relies on regular bush fires to "crack" the seeds allowing germination. This is not practical in a garden so the most reliable method to simulate the natural process is as follows by applying a rapid change of temperature to the seed.

  • Place the seed in a cup and pour boiling water over the seed. 
  • Allow the seed to cool in the water and leave overnight is quite effective
  • Some of the seeds will have swollen up (good sign). Discard any obvious empty shells etc
  • Sow individually in trays of a good compost mix (50/50 mix of compost and vermiculite is ideal)
  • Cover with a fine layer (2mm or so) of sieved compost
  • Seeds should germinate in 1 to 3 weeks
  • Pot on once established and second leaf forms on each seedling

Olly's General Guide to Seed Sowing!



I love sowing seeds and it runs in the family - dad, granddad and finally my great-granddad for whom the hobby helped him get over his experiences in the Great War. I still get a big kick when I see the first seedling poking through from a new plant that I have never sown before or been successful at. However, even the most experienced gardeners draw "blanks" from time to time. Whilst I sow all the seeds that I sell so I know that they are viable, some are trickier than others and problems can arise so here are some tips to make "blanks" few and far between:



1) Don’t Rush! Tempting though it is when that packet arrives in the post to simply bung the seeds in some compost!



2) Google and YouTube are your friends! Take some time so see the methods other people use to germinate the seed. 



3) Think Nature! What conditions do seeds face? For example a seed from a tropical plant will fall to the warm, wet and dark jungle floor. A seed from the mountains of Europe will fall to the floor in Autumn, then have to endure months of freezing temperatures before germinating in the spring. So as growers, what we are trying to do is to simulate the conditions that the seeds will naturally experience and there are plenty of tricks that can be done to short cut the processes somewhat.



4) Good compost pays dividends. The best investment you can make is to purchase three bags - one of potting compost, one of vermiculite and one of horticultural sand. With these three bags I can make up whatever soil type a particular seed likes (although for most seeds I find a 50/50 mix of compost and vermiculite works just fine) 



5) Rot is your enemy. The single biggest danger to seed germination is rot - either before or after "damping off" the seeds germinate. To reduce the risk, ensure you have good free draining soil mix and that it is moist but not wet. Unless the seed variety absolutely requires it I prefer NOT to cover my seeds trays with plastic bags, Whilst germination is often faster this way, it greatly increases the risk of rot. I prefer to place my seed trans inside a watertight plastic tray and water from the bottom - airflow over the surface reduces the risk.



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