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Care of the plant Chamelaucium uncinatum or Geraldton wax.

Care of the shrub Chamelaucium uncinatum or Geraldton wax

The genus Chamelaucium, family Myrtaceae, comprises 30 species of shrubs native to Australia. Some species are: Chamelaucium uncinatum, Chamelaucium megalopetalum, Chamelaucium axillare, Chamelaucium gracile, Chamelaucium pauciflorum.

Common names: Geraldton waxflower, Geraldton wax. This species is native to Western Australia.

They are compact and highly branched shrubs that reach 5 meters (16.4 feet) in height. The fine needle-shaped leaves, similar to those of rosemary, give off aroma and have the opposite arrangement. The numerous small flowers very similar to those of the Leptospermum are also scented; These can be white, pink, purple or red. They bloom in late winter and can do so until early summer. Sometimes it may need a stake to grow erect.

They are used to create bushy groups, as isolated specimens, to form hedges and in pots for patios, terraces and balconies; They can be used as a cut flower for its long duration. They are ideal plants for gardens by the sea.

Chamelaucium uncinatum requires full sun or semi-shade exposure and a dry climate (Mediterranean or subtropical); they resist low intensity frosts.

The soil must be very well drained (better if it is sandy or stony) and contain organic matter. They do not resist transplants well.

Water moderately, waiting for the soil to dry out; they resist drought well.

Fertilize with compost or manure in the fall.

Prune lightly after flowering, removing only the tender stems.

They are plants resistant to pests and diseases that only fear excess watering.

They propagate by semi-woody cuttings in late summer.

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Chamaleacium uncinatum
Chamaleacium uncinatum
Chamaleacium uncinatum