carpobrotus virescens 'Coastal Pig Face' Seeds

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carpobrotus virescens 'Coastal Pig Face' Seeds - 50+ Seeds

Carpobrotus virescens, commonly known as coastal pigface, is a prostrate coastal succulent shrub of the family Aizoaceae native to Western Australia. The Noongar peoples know the plant as Kolbogo or Metjarak. Hardy plants that grows on coastal dunes and samphire flats, on rocky seaside cliffs and in various saline soils inland. The plants tolerate all conditions, including frost and drought, but prefer well draining soil. 

A perfect ground cover, living mulch plant that will add masses of colour to your gardens and/or retaining walls.

Bush food uses - All parts of the plant are edible, but the leaves are highly coveted for their fleshy texture and salty flavour. The leaves can be used for stir-fries, salads and for pickling.

Cultivation: Generally adaptable in cultivation, responds to sunny, reasonably well drained positions in most soils. Useful as a ground cover plant. Very fast growing, hardy, and resistant to salt spray.

Prefers well-drained soils and is drought tolerant.

Seed Starting Method

carpobrotus virescens 'Coastal Pig Face' Seeds do not require and pre treatment.

Although most Australian native/ endemic seed can be sown throughout the seasons across Australia it is advisable to sow in Spring or Summer in colder regions. The optimum temperate to ensure the best possible germination rate for sowing many Australian native/ endemic species is around 18-22°C.  

Sowing Depth

Press into the surface of the soil.
The seed will lodge in the pores of your seed starting mix once misted with water.

Growing Season

Spring & Autumn
Place in a warm sunny position and keep moist to avoid drying out.

Germination Time 10-30 days at around 18-22°C.
Hardiness Hardy 
Plant Spacing  N/A
Plant Height Low spreading habit
Planting Position Partial or full sun
Days Until Maturity  N/A
Growing tips

Seeds of many native/endemic species require specific conditions that mimic their natural habitat or specially formulated seed treatments, to break dormancy. 

Do not be to quick to discard pots that haven't yet shown signs of seed germination. Seeds will often lay dormant until conditions are optimal and will produce amazing results, long after they have been forgotten.

Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended for most native species.

Research shows that many members of this species are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke, which mimocs an Australian bushfire. Although germination will may occur without smoke treatment it has proved be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates of this species.

Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken by applying to the surface after sowing.

Click this link to view our seed starting treatments specially designed for Australian Natives


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