Growing Banksia Oblongifolia In Your Home

Growing Banksia Oblongifolia In Your Home
Growing Banksia Oblongifolia In Your Home

Banksia Oblongifolia is the most popular species of Banksias. It is also known as the Australian Umbrella Tree.

Banksia oblongifolia is one of the few species to be listed on the endangered species list in Australia. Not only does it grow up to 20 feet tall but they also grow quickly and spread wide meaning they are difficult to manage.

The Australian government has tried various methods in controlling this plant which includes spraying herbicides, cutting them down, digging them out, and finally electro-shocking them since 2011 when it was listed as an endangered species.

Banksia oblongifolia is well adapted for different types of soils and climates that you might find in Australia so it can be easily planted around your home or business property

Banksia Oblongifolia, native to Queensland and New South Wales, is another Banksia that isn’t often seen in cultivation and home gardens. I first came across it about 10 years ago and planted it in my mother’s garden where it grew into a narrow spindly shrub about 1.5 m tall that probably only ever had about 6 flowers on it in all its life.

A few months ago I was at my parent’s house and noticed they’d dug it out. My mother told me it had never really been much of a plant and only had a few branches on it. So I suppose I could understand her reasoning but I was a bit disappointed as Banksia Oblongifolia was one of the few Banksia that had a lignotuber.

You see I really like plants with lignotubers as they are so easy to regenerate when they get old and spindly. All you have to do is prune them back to the lignotuber and then let them grow back again and in many cases, they do look better the second time around. Therefore as I said, I was disappointed that this Banksia had been dug out.

Lucky for me though, my mother quickly advised me that she’d transplanted it into a small plastic pot and here it is…

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How to grow Banksia oblongifolia

  • Watering Banksia Oblongifolia

Banksia Oblongifolia is a type of plant that needs regular watering with the right amount of water. It makes sense to use an AI tool for this job since it can automate the process and generate water amounts according to how much is needed.

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  • Fertilizing Banksia Oblongifolia

Banksia oblongifolia Fertilizers are made from Banksia plants. These fertilizers are easy to find and they are already established across Australia, meaning they will grow in any climate – even if you live on or near the coast. This makes banksia oblongifolia fertilizers perfect for regions with limited water sources.

Banksiaceae Family members have become more popular due to their ability to fix nitrogen in the soil and slow down water runoff. They also help with the decomposition of leaves, which means less pollution of nutrients into waterways or lakes where aquatic life thrives.

  • Soil For Banksia Oblongifolia

Banksia oblongifolia is a native Australian shrub that inhabits coastal areas, mountain ranges, and woodlands. Due to its unique shape, it has been nicknamed the “banana weed.” Banksia oblongifolia’s leaves are covered in fine hairs that make them hard to see until they are grazed by something. They also have an interesting smell to them.

What Does Banksia Oblongifolia Need for Successful Growth?

  • The soil must be moist but not saturated
  • The soil must be well-drained
  • Soil should contain lots of humus and gravel

Banksia Oblongifolia

Banksia oblongifolia, Doesn’t really look much does it?

You can see from the photo it had about 10 original branches which were all vertical and now obviously cut off. It had one remaining juvenile branch but the lignotuber and remaining branches were all covered in buds.

Being dug up after nearly 10 years in the ground and placed in a pot hadn’t really affected it at all much. Plus, from memory, it was dug up in January or February, during summer, while it was growing. So this was a tough little Banksia indeed.

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Therefore for the last few months, it’s been growing quite happily in this pot.

So now I’m just waiting for it to flower. Winter is its normal season but I don’t think there will be any flowers this winter so I’ll just have to wait till next year. So as you can see, you don’t have to dig out old Australian natives and throw them away. You can either prune them back according to how they grow or you can simply transplant them, as with this Banksia.

At the end of the day, I think Banksia Oblongifolia looks ok just growing in a pot. I could either prune it back to expose the lignotuber more (like a bonsai) to make it a feature or I could just let it grow and wait for it to flower.

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