Also known as
Geraldton wax flower, Wax flower
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This plant has no fragrance
Geraldton Wax Overview
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.
Common problems with Geraldton Wax
Root disease (phytophthora and pythium) can be a problem if soil conditions are not correct and the plant have a bit of stress.
How to harvest Geraldton Wax
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.
How to propagate Geraldton Wax
Root greenwood cuttings in early summer and semi-ripe cuttings in late summer. Use a rooting hormone powder to help form roots.
Surface-sow seeds in spring time.
Special features of Geraldton Wax
Attracts useful insects
Can be planted into containers, make sure potting mix is course, mixture and pot must drain well.
Other uses of Geraldton Wax
Used for cut flowers, drought tolerant.