Rhagodia candolleana 'Sea Berry Saltbush' Seeds

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Rhagodia candolleana 'Sea Berry Saltbush' Seeds - 20x Seeds

Rhagodia candolleana, commonly known as Sea Berry Saltbush, is a local native plant species with a wide distribution. It is a hardy, evergreen shrub that typically grows to about 1-2 meters in height (it can get as tall as 4m in some situations), with fleshy, triangular leaves and inconspicuous flowers.

Rhagodia candolleana is well-adapted to a wide range of growing conditions, including sandy and clayey soils, and can tolerate both full sun and partial shade. It is also drought-tolerant and can withstand salt spray, making it a great choice for coastal gardens.

Rhagodia candolleana provides habitat for local wildlife including: insects, birds, and small mammals. Its dense foliage and fleshy leaves provide cover and nesting sites for birds, and its salt-tolerant nature makes it important in coastal ecosystems for stabilizing sand dunes and preventing erosion.

Uses: Hardy foliage plant, suitable for areas of low maintenance. Can be used as a background shrub in mixed plantings, or on wide roadside verges, road batters and wide median strips as a barrier, wind-break and soil control. It can be used as a hedge, a screening plant, or in mixed garden beds for its ornamental value.
Requires good drainage. Prune to promote bushy foliage.
Food source and habitat refuge for small birds, lizards and small mammals.

Grows to 1m.

Bush food uses: 

The mature red berries are edible, and the leaves can be boiled, balanced, or steamed as a vegetable. blanched leaves taste better and steamed leaves are more tender.

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

Prefers well-drained soils and is drought tolerant.

Seed Starting Method

As a general rule Rhagodia baccata seed should be sown to the depth of the seed. 

No pretreatment of this seed is recommended. 

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

See above.
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
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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