Are you thinking about adding some local native plants to your garden? Perhaps you’re curious about how you can provide habitat to support local fauna this winter… Why not collect some seed and propagate your own plants?
There are many benefits to growing seed from your surrounding area. One of which is the protection of local genetic diversity! Plus, you’d be giving your seedlings the best chance of surviving and thriving in your garden, given they would be acclimatised to the weather and rainfall conditions of your region.
Establishing native plants from seed is a rewarding process, however, there are a few things to consider before you get started!
- Permission – If you are collecting seed from outside of your own property, you must first acquire the appropriate permissions. You will need a permit from WA Parks & Wildlife, and written permission from the property owner. A separate permit is required for any threatened flora species.
- Timing – Before you head out to collect seed, do your homework on the species you plan on collecting and the time of year that is right for seed collection. Some seed, such as the Grevillea family, need to be caught before they are violently ejected from their pods!
- Propagation – Once you have your seed, cleaning and treatment will need to be undertaken before germination occurs. Some species require the chemicals in smoke to trigger germination, others may need to be soaked overnight. Each native species has adapted to its unique environmental condition!
The City of Greater Geraldton’s Community Nursey team have released a fantastic local Native Plant Propagation guide that further explains some of these methods and adaptions.
Check it out here and get your hands dirty in the garden this New Year!