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The wombat was filmed a few weeks ago ( at night)in Scaly Bark Creek. We have not seen any signs of burrows so it would be interesting to see how many others exist. Or if anyone else has seen wombats in the Kenthurst area.
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The wombat was filmed a few weeks ago ( at night)in Scaly Bark Creek. We have not seen any signs of burrows so it would be interesting to see how many others exist. Or if anyone else has seen wombats in the Kenthurst area.
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Danielle Packer
This is so awesome Ricki! Great to see more wombats around. He doesnt look like he has mange either which is good. Hard to tell I guess too
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Our native community nursery, Florabunda, has recently relocated to a new site at 95-145 Diddillibah Road, Woombye. A great effort by all. Congratulations!🥂
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Mick Taylor
Did you know you can get additional support to study in a regional location?
Students can get up to $15,000 to take up a tertiary education opportunity in a regional community or campus.
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Michael O’Keeffe
Everyone that propagates plants from seed struggles to get results from a variety of native species that don’t germinate readily. Cold stratification, scarification and repetitive rinsing work well f...View More
Yes that's a good idea Michael, I also propagate native seed and sometimes have issues with Hakea Sericea which tends to dampen off quickly after potting on... any tips for this are welcome.
Michael O’Keeffe
Hakeas require good drainage and are adapted to relatively infertile soil. Potting media used for propagating hakeas should reflect those conditions. Propagating plants, especially those prone to fungal and bacterial conditions, a soil less propagation medium is best.Soil-less propagating media are usually used to produce plants that are susceptible to fungal and bacterial pathogens. Soil-less mixtures usually consist of combinations of clean, coarse river sand, pine bark fines, perlite, vermiculite, coir peat and slow release fertiliser. Some growers sterilise their propagation media, but this is probably not necessary for small scale growing. Rather, ensure that growing containers are free of any soil, plant material or other contaminants before you use them. If you are re-using containers make sure they are scrubbed thoroughly in hot water with soap or detergent. Make sure that the seed you use is clean and free of dirt. You might also dip the seeds very briefly in a dilute mix of pharmaceutical hydrogen peroxide. Rinse this off the seeds immediately after treatment. When you plant your seeds make sure that the potting media is firmed but not compacted. The aim here is to ensure good drainage. This means that the media should be able to retain sufficient water for germination and growth while excess water drains away freely. Keep the media moist but not wet and insure good air movement around the containers. When the seed germinates, avoid watering the plant per se. Water the pot instead, and avoid wetting the foliage of emerging plants. Place the containers where they will receive dappled sunlight and protection from direct overhead sun. This should solve most problems. If you still have problems with damping off, ensure that you are not overwatering and that moisture is able to drain away if it is in excess. You can also treat your seedlings with wettable sulphur which is an effective suppressant for damping off. Wettable sulphur is a colloidal form of sulphur which is “soluble” in water and can be applied to foliage. It is a relatively innocuous substance. There are many recipes for propagation mixes. A commonly used version contains 80% clean, sharp river sand and 20% coir peat. If you have enough seeds you might try propagating small batches in different mixes to see what works best. If you do this, keep some simple notes on your procedures take some photos and share the results!
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Yes that's a good idea Michael, I also propagate native seed and sometimes have issues with Hakea Sericea which tends to dampen off quickly after potting on... any tips for this are welcome.
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Michael O’Keeffe
Hakeas require good drainage and are adapted to relatively infertile soil. Potting media used for propagating hakeas should reflect those conditions. Propagating plants, especially those prone to fungal and bacterial conditions, a soil less propagation medium is best.Soil-less propagating media are ...View More
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Alexander Barnstone
Hey Michael, very curious to know more about the use of gibberellic acid as seed treatment. I was reading that plants can develop a tolerance to it, so is this treatment only possible at the seed stage? Then would you have plant resistant to its effects? Or could you still use it to help propagate t...View More
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Michael O’Keeffe
I can only imagine that happening after propagating from successive generations of a plant that came from a seed batch treated with gibberellic acid. Have you a reference? I’d like to follow this up. I know that the response of seeds treated with GA differs depending upon the concentration of GA ...View More
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Thanks for all the advice Michael.
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Hi there, well I have one plant which seems to be progressing well, so far so good and I took on some of Michael's tips, the first being to avoid wetting the leaves ( needles).
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Danielle Packer
Can anyone recommend good water bug collecting equipment such as a good net?
I was thigh-deep in Cattai Creek the other day in the rain trying to get water bugs!! The creek was high and fast-moving so ...View More
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Patrick Neve
I’m excited to report that we caught this koala on our camera trap last night on New England Tablelands. This is the second sighting in the last few months. We have also recorded a male calling in the...View More
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Danielle Packer
Wow! I remember the first one you found on this camera!
Danielle Packer
Great to hear a male may have been calling! Worrying about the fox though...
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Danielle Packer
Wow! I remember the first one you found on this camera!
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Danielle Packer
Great to hear a male may have been calling! Worrying about the fox though...
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