Coprosma Nitida 'Currant Bush' Seeds

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Coprosma Nitida 'Currant Bush' - 5x Seeds

Coprosma nitida, also nown as the mountain currant or shining currant, is a shrub species endemic to south-east Australia. It is a shrub with small, glossy leaves, occasional spines on the end of its branchlets, and small bright red-orange fruits. Bird attracting.

A native of Tasmania and Victoria where it prefers sandy or loamy well-drained acid to neutral soils in a sunny position or dappled shade. 

Masses of red to orange fleshy fruits throughout summer & autumn. Snow & frost hardy. The red fruits are 5 to 10 mm long. The silvereyes will tell you when they are ripe.

Bush food: The fruit is usually eaten raw, also nice in pies, cakes and tarts, the roasted seed is an excellent coffee substitute. Early settlers in Australia used the fruit in puddings and other sweet deserts.

Germination: Seed benefits from pre-treatment with an acid type substance to trigger germination. They can be placed in a container and covered with any type of vinegar and left to soak for a minimum 24 hours to several days before rinsing and sowing. 


Seed Starting Method

Coprosma Nitida 'Currant Bush' seeds are only a few millimeters in size. As a general rule Coprosma Nitida 'Currant Bush' seeds should be sown to the depth of the seed. 

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.  

Smoke treatment recommended

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 10-40 days at around 18-22°C.
Hardiness Hardy 
Plant Spacing  N/A
Plant Height 1m high 
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 mimics 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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