FAMILY

-  Myrtaceae

GENUS

-  Chamelaucium

SPECIES

-  Uncinatum, Megalopetalum, Floriferum...

VARIETY

-  M.B. Violet, Blondie, Revelation

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 10-30 mm long, in colors ranging from light to dark green.

It has small petaled flowers that range in size from 10 to 25 mm in diameter.

Flowering branches are from 40 to 100 cm in length.

Flowering 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 FLOWER grows 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 FLOWER grows in the optimum temperature range of 15 – 35oC, but can tolerate lower temperatures. It 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. Flower 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 1000m2.

 

Harvest & 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 FLOWER  - pot plant. Best planting season for pot plants is early spring – mid summer. Recommended pot size 10 –20 cm.

 

For further information, including lists of varieties available, please feel free to contact us.

Wax Flower - General Information

 

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