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Geraldton wax

Chamelaucium uncinatum

Geraldton Wax is relatively hardy and fairly easy to grow in a Mediterranean climate with well-drained sandy soil and a sunny aspect. It can be grown in areas of higher humidity, but tends to be short-lived. It is good in pots. It is very drought-tolerant and has aromatic leaves. There are numerous hybrids Geraldton wax available from nurseries and it is often grown for cut flowers.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Winter
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Harvest flowers when 20 to 70% are open, in the cool of the morning. Split the woody stems vertically with secateurs and place directly into a bucket of water with flower food before arranging in a vase.

Propagation

Cuttings
Root greenwood cuttings in early summer and semi-ripe cuttings in late summer. Use a rooting hormone powder to help form roots.
Seed
Surface-sow seeds in spring time.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees
Pot plant
Can be planted into containers, make sure potting mix is course, mixture and pot must drain well.

Geography

Origin
Western Australia
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Myrtaceae
Flower colour
White, pink, purple, mauve
Scent
None

Problems

Root disease (phytophthora and pythium) can be a problem if soil conditions are not correct and the plant have a bit of stress.
Root Rot
Root Rot
Phytophthora spp.

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