Chamelaucium uncinatum (Geraldton Wax)

Chamelaucium uncinatum (Geraldton Wax)

Chamelaucium uncinatum (Geraldton Wax)

These must be the most popular plant grown for the cut flower industry. There are so many colours from white through pinks and mauves and wine shades to be used in flower arrangements. Flowering times vary from winter through to summer.

In general these are hardy in dry conditions once established. Unfortunately not all are frost hardy. Severe frosts will burn some back quite severely. Despite this they are large shrubs that are well worth growing as screen plants or wind break plants. Pruning consists of the equivalent of cutting the flowers on long stems. Many florists use the buds in floral arrangements followed by the flowers as they open.

Good drainage and a sunny open position and pruning give good results with these plants.

 

2 Responses to “Chamelaucium uncinatum (Geraldton Wax)”

  1. Stuart says:

    These are gorgeous Corinne and grow profusely around our neighbourhood. However, I’ve never really been that enthused about them because of their popularity and also their spindly foliage.

    Yesterday, I bought a Chamelaucium Floriforem (Walpole Wax) which is absolutely incredible. It has the same shaped flower as C. uncinatum but in profuse miniature and its tight, almost conifer-looking foliage, seems much more stately. I’m looking forward to getting it in the garden.

  2. Elizabeth Reitze says:

    Do you have a good photo of orange Geraldton Wax? I need to send it to my cake maker for my wedding cake. We’re having orange Geraldton Wax but she needs to get the colours right. I can’t find a photo anywhere.

    Unfortunately she needs the photo today so please help me.

    Thank you.

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