Solanum laciniatum 'Kangaroo Apple' Seeds

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Solanum laciniatum 'Kangaroo Apple' - 10x Seeds

Kangaroo Apple is a type of plant with fruit shaped like a kangaroo footprint. The Kangaroo Apple has a rich native history and is quite a superfood. It is a remarkable native plant. Having rich purple flowers, bloom time for the Kangaroo Apple is spring and summer.

The fruit is most certainly the most interesting part of the plant – they are shaped like eggs and they change in colour as they become ripe. You will see colour changes from green to a reddish orange. 

Kangaroo Apple as bush food - You’ll know the fruit is ripe not just with the colour change, but because they start to burst open. On the inside, you’ll see what looks like a cherry tomato and up to 600 seeds! Taste wise the fruit pulp is juice filled, delicious and sweet, a bit like melon. 

You can eat the fruit raw or cooked, depending on your preference and palate. Australians love to use it in baking and for making jam.

You can also roast the fruit and serve it with meat or poultry dishes, or if you want to store Kangaroo Apple, the fruit can be dried and stored. 

If you pick the fruit too soon, you can leave it somewhere sunny and warm until it ripens.

A low maintenance plant

Kangaroo Apple is also known as bullibulli

Seed Starting Method

Solanum laciniatum 'Kangaroo Apple' seeds are roughly the size of a tomato seed. As a general rule Solanum laciniatum 'Kangaroo Apple' seed 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.

Once at least 12cm or larger they can be planted in individual pots to ensure strong root development, prior to planting out in the garden.

Growing Season

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

Germination Time 18-20c - around 21 days
Hardiness Hardy 
Plant Spacing  N/A
Plant Height Up to 3 metres tall and 3 metres wide
Planting Position 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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