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Oil Mallee or Koch's Mallee
Characteristics: Small tree or Mallee 3-12 m
Seeds per packet: Approx 15
Typically grow’s as a mallee shrub or small tree 3-12 metres with a rough grey bark to the branchlets and a pinkie-cream colour above.
White flowers occurs mid spring to late summer.
Grown Extensively in plantations for Eucalyptus Oil production.
Endemic to the Eremaean Province extending into the South-West Province of Western Australia.
Prefers a light well-drained sandy soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost resistant.
Eucalypt's germinate readily from seed and are generally considered to be one of the easiest natives to grow from seed.
Depending on the species Eucalyptus seed comes in various sizes from very fine to several millimetres long.
As a rule of thumb seed that is fine should be sown on the surface of a porous mix and not buried. Seed 1 to 2 mm in diameter can be covered very lightly and seed from 2 mm up can be sown to a depth of the seed width.
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 18-22°C
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.