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Waratah in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Telopea speciosissima

 

Waratah

Telopea speciosissima, or Waratah, is a shrub with dark green leaves, and clusters of red flowers.After flowering, seedpods which are somewhat banana-shaped, and up to 6" long, are formed, and hang down from the flower-spike.

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plant Features
  • Waratah likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Waratah likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Waratah is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Waratah likes free draining

    Free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Waratah

Latin name

Telopea speciosissima

type

Trees or Shrubs

family

Proteaceae

ph

5.5 - 6.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Waratah likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Waratah is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Waratah likes free draining

    Free draining

  • Water

    Waratah likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
  •  
    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Waratah is 2.00meters x 4.00meters 2.00 M 4.00 M

Telopea speciosissima

Telopea speciosissima, or Waratah, is a shrub with dark green leaves, and clusters of red flowers.After flowering, seedpods which are somewhat banana-shaped, and up to 6" long, are formed, and hang down from the flower-spike.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Waratahs should be planted at least 1.5 m apart or into very large pots placed in a partially shaded area that is able to receive morning sun. Regular watering is necessary and mulch soil with composted leaf mulch should be used to prevent roots drying out.

 

Propagation

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

The easiest way to propagate waratahs is from seed - the fresher the better - but it is also possible to strike them from cuttings. Seedling plants take about five years to flower, while cuttings may take only two years. Seed pods take about six months to mature, at which time they turn brown and split open. Seeds are winged for wind dispersal and there may be more than 250 seeds on one flowerhead in a good year.

 

Propagation by seed

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Sow seeds in a pot filled with a well-drained seed raising mix, cover with a fine layer of mix and water well. Transplant seedlings into a freely draining potting mix that does not contain any added nutrients and add some slow-release low phosphorus fertiliser several weeks later.

 

Flowering Season

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

Waratahs flower over a six-week period in spring in the Sydney region, but later in cooler areas. The size and shape of the blooms can vary considerably, as can the range of naturally occurring colours, although the majority are red and pink.

 
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