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Germinating Collospermum hastatum
A friend of mine recently gave me a quantity of Collospermum seed, and after a 4 month wait they've finally germinated! Posted by Ned
Posted by Ned Lomax on December 7, 2012 Full Size| Slideshow

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Reply epitree
9:36 PM on December 9, 2012 
Your larger plant should double in size each growing season (Base diameter) ,I have never seen newly germinated collospermum in the wild so I do not know for sure how long they will take too reach the size of your larger one but I would guess 2 years I have noticed them 1 inch high in the wild so they could be the new seasons plants as I do most of my bush walking in the summer and collospermum would germinate in the wetter autumn through spring.By the time the ones in the wild that are growing in good light are a foot tall they already have 6 or 7 side shoots of various sizes. Be sure to place them in a large and sturdy fork of the tree remembering their eventual size if all goes to plan.
Reply Ned Lomax
12:15 PM on December 9, 2012 
I was beginning to think that I might have ruined the seed but as you can see they've germinated in some numbers. With these growing on next year, I think I can risk the larger plant out in the garden come spring. Do you have a rough idea of how quickly Collopermum grows?
Reply epitree
1:56 PM on December 7, 2012 
From such small beginings each plant can potentially become a clump over 2 metres wide and be worthy of the name widow maker.You must be very pleased with your succes Ned. I bet it was a fairly impatient 4 months!

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