There's already quite a bit of info in the forum about previous successful and not so successful attempts, I for a start have found these threads quite helpful (many thanks to the authors ):
The Phleb Thread
Acacia Phlebophylla reasearch (Out of my league but with some good bits and pieces)
I'd like to give a shot in the dark...
Phleb loves granite... It is known that granite has variable "low" amounts of Radon emission. Could this be an influencing factor? I don't know anything about plant-mineral interaction, it's just a question that poped in my mind...
I'm lucky to live in a zone 9 granite region, not far from some wild areas which are strickingly similar if not the same as Phleb's native habitat. All my walls are made of granite cold in winter and hot in summer.
Supposing things go well, I'll be using boilled water for the seedling stage and rain water after transplant. My raising mix will be sterilised 2 parts crushed granite with 1 part multipurpose gardening soil + a little humus. (Please let me know if sterilizing makes any difference)
I couldn't properly figure out what works best but that's what I intend to do:
1. Pour near boilling water over seeds and soak for 12 hours.
2. Plant the seeds in raising mix in a shade area (maybe green house?).
1. Nick seeds with a sterilized clipper.
2. Soak seeds in sterile water for 12 hours
3. Plant the seeds in raising mix in a shade area (maybe green house?).
I will also place a couple of seeds from both methods on moisted cotton pads in a sealed plastic bag and plant in raising mix after germination. I'll remove the seed coat If I notice difficulty in germination or just do it a couple of weeks later to ease germination.
Last but not least I'll cross my fingers and twist my mind in patience for the next coming years
And thanks for any tip or suggestion from the experieced companions of this plant.
Edited by Quetzalt, 12 January 2012 - 10:39 AM.