There are several varieties and subspecies of Banksia Ericifolia that are available in nurseries today. Some are more garden-worthy than others. In my last garden, I grew two different varieties. The first was a variety called “Little Eric”. This was a great little Banksia that only grows to about 1.5 m in height with a spreading habit.
The other type of Banksia Ericifolia I grew was the more common sub spice Ericifolia which was quite a nice looking plant but the flowers were well hidden inside the foliage and as a consequence, they were hard to see.
I do believe that there is a variety though where the flowers are longer, more terminal, and protrude above the top of the foliage more so they are more visible.
So a word of warning, choose wisely at the nursery if you want a plant that will put on a show when in flower. The best thing about this Banksia is that I grew it in a shady area under a large tree that was growing in the house next door.
The roots from this tree ensured that the ground was always bone dry and despite this, it always puts on a flowering display every winter and never shows any signs of stress. So if you’re after a plant to put in a dry shady area this might be a very good choice.
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There are also a few hybrids as well that are worth a mention. Banksia “Giant Candles” is the most well-known. A hybrid with B Spinulosa this Banksia gets its name from the long flowers it produces, up to 40 cm long. The shrub itself grows up to 5 or 6m and could nearly be classified as a small tree. I grew this in my last garden. It tends to grow reasonably fast and is covered in long orange flowers over winter.
Another Hybrid is called Banksia “Yellow Wing” a hybrid between Giant Candles and B Spinulosa (Canarvon) “Bird wise”. I’m currently growing this one in my garden at the moment but the growth has been slow.
I’m not sure if this is due to the phosphorus in my soil or just the dry conditions. I might try giving it some more water and we’ll see if it grows any faster. The other thing is that apart from the slow growth it hasn’t shown any signs of phosphorus toxicity whatsoever so it appears to be resistant to the effects of the phosphorus.
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How to Grow Your Banksias from Seedlings
Growing your Banksias from seedlings is a rewarding experience. These plants are native to Western Australia and are often used to attract wildlife.
First, you need to ensure that the area where you want to grow your Banksia is sunny with well-drained soil. It also needs to be sheltered from coastal winds.
Banksias are hardy plants and will grow in most areas of Australia, but it is always best to find the correct region for the plant that you want before planting it.
Once your Banksia has established itself in the ground, water it regularly for at least 12 months, providing more water during dry spells or periods of drought.
How to Plant and Care for Your Banksias
Banksias are well adapted to Australian conditions and can be found in every state of the country.
The way to plant and care for a Banksia depends on the type of plant and your location. You need to consider:
Climate: Banksias grow best in cooler climates where they rarely see high temperatures above 30 degrees Celcius. If you live in an area with hot summers, you might want to invest in a shade house or trees and provide good drainage for your plants.
Soil: This is very important as plants like banksias will not grow without adequate soil nutrients. Depending on the type of soil you have, it may be necessary to add fertilizers and organic additives to help keep your plants happy and healthy. The soil should also drain well and not become waterlogged.
Options For How You Want To Display Your Banksias In Your Garden
There are many ways you can display your banksias in your garden.
Today, there are more options for displaying ausies than ever before. Some people choose to show them as a clump or as individual plants. When they are expressed as a clump, they will have smaller flowers at the top and larger ones at the bottom.
When they are displayed as individual plants, they will have larger clusters of flowers on each plant rather than a large one on each plant.
Tips On Growing And Caring For Australian Native Plants
Many plants can be grown indoors, even if you do not have a green thumb. The following article advises on caring for Australian native plants, which are perfect for indoor gardens.
Growing Australian indigenous plants inside is possible with careful planning. What follows is some essential advice on the three most common ways to grow these fascinating plants inside, along with some tips on caring for them.
Banksia Ericifolia “Little Eric” and Banksia “Giant Candles”
Are the ones that I’ve had the most success with and would recommend them as starters but I’d be very interested to get some feedback on what other people have tried.
Banksia Ericifolia grows naturally on the east coast of Australia and typically has long orange, burgundy, or yellow candle-like flowers that occur over winter and into spring.
It normally grows to 3m but this is variable in the different varieties. Despite coming from an area that gets up to 1000mm of rain per year it is still very drought tolerant, adaptable, and easy to grow in the home garden.