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The latest research - use of smoke in stimulating germination of seed

Smoke appears to be the missing link in understanding the horticulture of some Australian plant species. It has been known for many years that fire has played a significant role in the evolution of Australian plants and habitat burning triggers germination in many plants.

Recent experiments in Western Australia have shown that smoke from the burning of plant material enhances seed germination in a wide range of native species. Smoke can either be applied directly or as smoked water; however, smoked water is more practical for people propagating on a small scale.

Smoked water and details on its use are available from:

Friends of Kings Park
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
West Perth WA 6005

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