Cloning and Selection of banksias

Summary of final report on the Australian Flora Foundation funded project:

Margaret Sedgley
Department of Horticulture, Viticulture and Oenology
Waite Agricultural Research Institute
The University of Adelaide
Glen Osmond
SA 5154

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The goal of clonal plantings of banksias is now much closer. Superior selections have been made, with many more ready for commercialisation. There are a number of areas where further work is required. Banksia menziesii was particularly poor in rooting ability via cuttings, and further work is needed on this species which has many interesting colour variants. Further work to acclimatise rooted plantlets from tissue culture could also lead to major advances for the industry.