Waratah (Telopea 'Coroboree')

Ben Shaw

Katoomba, Australia

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Propagation of Telopea species:

Telopea can be grown from cuttings but the more usual way is from seed (although selected varieties and cultivars must be propagated from cuttings if they are to remain true to form). Fresh seed has a high viability and germinates in 2-3 weeks after sowing. Plants should be potted up as soon as they are large enough to handle and grown in a sheltered position.

When selecting a plant for planting into the garden ensure that it is at least 15 cms tall. Plants of this size should have a noticeable swelling at the base of the stem where it enters the soil. This ‘swollen’ tissue is a lignotuber and it contains numerous dormant buds. When established in the ground old canes can be cut right back to the lignotuber which will promptly sprout new stems. This is an evolutionary adaptation to some of the extremes of the Telopea environment (particularly bushfire) which ensures the plant’s survival.

This photo was taken at Leura in the Blue Mountains of NSW.

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