Monkey Thorn

Germination

  • Place the seed/s into a container of hot water, allow the water to cool.
  • Leave the seeds to soak for 48 hours.
  • Place the seed into the expanded peat pellet (as per step 2 & 3 of the printed instructions included) no more than the height of the seed deep
  • Place the growing pots in full sun but a sheltered location to germinate e.g. a uncovered patio or a window sill that is in sun most of the day.
  • Keep the peat pellets moist but not saturated, until germination occurs.
  • Once germination has been achieved, the seedling should be watered only when the soil has dried, as acacia trees prefer conditions that are somewhat dry. However, if allowed to become extremely dry, acacia trees will begin to lose their leaves. Striking the right balance may take a bit of trial and error, but acacia trees are quite durable and should not suffer much from the process.

Germination Tip

If, after soaking the seed overnight, the seed has not softened or swelled, you will need to scarify the seed coat. Scarifying is the process of weakening the seed coat, so that water and oxygen can enter the seed, in turn, kick starting germination. Seeds will remain dormant if not exposed to these elements

Scarifying can be achieved by gently rubbing the seed coat with sandpaper, you do not need to rub off the entire coating, just enough for water to enter.

NB: Only scarify the seed coat, do not damage the internal parts of the seed.

Once Scarifying has been done, submerge the seed again as per instructions above

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