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BACKHOUSIA citriodora

Lemon Scented Myrtle

Stock: Out Of Stock

Family: Myrtaceae

Characteristics: Tree 8-15 m Spread 5 m

Seeds per packets: Approx 15


A tree that gives fragrance all year around with an erect, sturdy stem and a densely textured crown, dark green leathery gloss leave which are strongly lemon scented.

Flowers occur profusely in clusters during spring and summer.

Widely cultivated the Lemon myrtle is well known for its bushfood flavours and can be used for herbal infusions and for food flavouring.

As an antiseptic, the oil is 16 times stronger than phenol.

Endemic to Queensland.

Prefers a medium to heavy soil in a well-drained protected sunny position, drought and frost tender.

Seed of this species generally has a low viability of 20-40%

Seed of this species generally has a low viability of 20-40%
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-23°C

  1. Soak seed overnight in water.
  2. Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix.
  3. Sprinkle a very light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed. Do not bury seed deeply.
  4. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  5. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  6. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  7. Germination should occur in 21-60 days depending on the temperature and conditions.

General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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