This idea originally came about through necessity. You see, like all country folk, when you have a dearly loved family pet that passes away, you tend to bury them and plant a tree of some sort over the top of them. The selection of the type of tree was easy for me, we have cattle and when the dry weather hits, stock feed becomes scarce and alternate sources are required, it was obvious I needed a tree that could be used as stock feed but also as a shade tree, an of course, I chose the Kurrajong.
I searched the internet high and low, but with NONE AVAILABLE ANYWHERE, I was at a loss, and the cost was relatively high when these trees did become available. One day I was sitting on my verandah pondering this issue, and the idea struck. I have several Kurrajong trees around my house and they all had many seed pods.
I initially collected about 250 seeds. I then approached a knowledgeable friend for some advice, she gave me a brief rundown and suggested just to double check with Mr Google.
Turns out she was 100% right! Thanx Mate!! appreciate the help and guidance. It turns out the strike rate will be only 40-60% so I think I did ok at about 40% for my first go!
I prepared the seeds by dropping them into a grass and soaking them in boiling water for 24hrs. Next I planted them into some high quality seed raising mix. I used various size pots from 2" to 4". I made the mistake of planting 2 seeds in the 2" pots and 4 seeds in the 4" pots, I ended up with multiple treelings in the one pot which of course means disturbing them with repotting. Although I succesfully transplanted all my multiples (which was most of my initial plantings) I think in future I'll try a different strategy.
I've come up with the following strategy for future plantings:
- Use clear plastic throw away drinking cups. take a cup and a soldering iron and pierce water holes in base like a pot. These will solve a few issues I discovered with my initial trial, being clear you can monitor growth because you can see it, if the seed is planted against one side you will see when it starts to grow and continue to monitor it until it's time to repot. the cups are about the same size as a 3" pot and are cheap.
- Only plant one seed per pot, it was so time consuming repotting all the treelings, time that could have been better spent.
So after I take what I need to use, I'll have about 80 surplus Kurrajong Trees which im hoping to sell. I've already collected a heap of seed ready to try again in spring. Why you may ask? Because it is costing me nothing but a little time and energy and I might make a little money, at worst I'm doing my little bit to add a bit of greenery to this great country of ours!
If you or someone you know would like some of these trees in spring, feel free to contact me via my contact page.
(I'll add some pics when I get a spare 5 mins!)