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Wax Flower

 
 

•  Genus - chamelaucium
•  Special - uncinatum, megalopetalum, floriferum
•  Colours - white pink to violet & varigated
•  Family - myrtaceae
•  Common name - geraldton wax
•  Origin - western Australia

 

The WAX FLOWER is a perennial shrub reaching 2-3 meters in height. It has small narrow needle - shaped leaves 10 - 40 mm long in colors ranging from light to dark green.

 

It has small 5 pettaled flowers which range in size from 10 to 25 mm. in diameter, on flower branches reaching from 40 to 100 cm. Flower branches can produce 50 to 500 flower buds.
Flower colors range from white, pink, purple to variegated. The WAX FLOWER flowers from autumn through winter to spring.

 

WAX FLOWERS grow in most soils but prefers acid and well drained soils with the optimum pH being 6 - 6.5. It prefers dry conditions and has low water and fertilizer requirements.
WAX FLOWERS grow in the optimum temperature range of 15 - 35 C but can tolerate lower temperatures. They can't stand heavy frost.

 

Flower induction requires short days, therefore buds start appearing in autumn.
Low night temperatures also influence induction and bud formation. Flowers start opening in late autumn and have a good shelf life, branches with unopened flower buds can also be marketed.

 

WAX FLOWER can be planted most of the year except in winter. The best planting seasons are spring and autumn. Recommended planting density of 300 - 700 plants per 1000 m2.

 

HARVEST AND MARKETING
The first harvest after planting:
SPRING PLANTING - First harvest the following winter (about 6-8 months after planting) 10 to 15 branches per plant.

 
SUMMER-AUTUMN PLANTING - First harvest the next winter (about 15 months after planting) 50 to 100 branches per plant.
 
FULL HARVEST From second season on - 100 to 200 branches per plant depending on growth rate and variety.
 

Plants can be harvested for about 5 - 6 years.

 

WAX FLOWERS can also be grown as flowering pot plants or garden plants.

 
 
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