Australian Native - Birds Nest Banksia - Banksia baxteri

Australian Native - Birds Nest Banksia - Banksia baxteri

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Banksia baxteri is a fast growing shrub endemic to Western Australia.  Common name is Birds-Nest Banksia.

It grows to approx. 1.7 - 4m high with large leaves that are sectioned into triangles.  New growth is a pink/brown colour.

The flowers are a lemon yellow colour around 10cm long, appearing in Aug-Sept and Dec-May.  The flowers are a stunning addition to cut flower arrangements.

Prefers well-drained sandy soils. Avoid waterlogged soils. Drought and frost resistant. Does well as an under-storey plant.  Like all Banksia's, it is excellent for attracting honey eating birds.

Seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in mild climates, avoiding the coldest and hottest months of the year.  Sow the seed to the depth of the seed size.  Keep moist but not wet as the seed may rot if soil medium is too wet.  Keep damp between watering.  Germination approx. 21-60 days depending on the temperature and conditions.

Many species of the Proteaceae family are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination will often occur without smoke treatment it has proven 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.

5 seeds per packet