Nurseries Sr Manager
Bldg 201, Fort Mason
San Francisco, California 94123
|Family Scientific Name:
|Family Common Name:
||Wax Myrtle Family
||Morella californica (Cham. & Schelt.) Wilbur
||Myrica californica CA.
||California Wax Myrtle
||Marin County, California
||M. californica is found in moist canyons and slopes below 500 feet elevation; from Santa Monica mountains north to Washington.
Root System: Firm plug in container.
||Seeds are collected In January.
Mature berries are grey; 1/4 inch across.
Storage Conditions: Seeds are kept dry and stored in a refrigerator.
||Soak clean seeds overnight in fresh water. Drain and rinse in a 5% bleach solution for 1 minute. Rinse. Place seeds in a plastic freezer bag with an equal amount of ph neutral peat. Keep in refrigerator at 40F for 2 to 3 months or until seeds begin to germinate.
|Growing Area Preparation/
Annual Practices for Perennial Crops:
Fully Controlled Greenhouse.
Sowing Method: Transplanting Germinants.
15 grams of seeds are sown per flat containing Sunshine Mix #4 Aggregate Plus (peat moss, perlite, major and minor nutrients, gypsum, and dolomitic lime).
Seeds are covered with media .
Flats are watered in with an automatic irrigation system.
Seeds are sown on April 1st.
% Germination: 25%
||Seeds germinate 14 days after sowing.
Seedlings are transplanted 14 days after germination to individual containers 2"x10" tubes (Deepot 40) containing standard potting mix of peat moss, fir bark, perlite, and sand.
Transplant Survival averages 75%.
|Length of Establishment Phase:
|Active Growth Phase:
||After establishment, seedlings are moved to the shadehouse with 30% shadecloth.
Fertilize with Nutricote NPK (13-13-13) 3 months after transplanting.
Prune back 3 months after transplanting and afterwards as needed.
This species grows quickly once established.
||A California Flora and Supplement, Munz, P., University of California Press, Berkeley and London, 1973.
|Young, Betty 2001. Propagation protocol for production of container Morella californica (Cham. & Schelt.) Wilbur plants (Deepot 40); , San Francisco, California. In: Native Plant Network. URL: http://www.nativeplantnetwork.org (accessed 19 April 2014). Moscow (ID): University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources, Forest Research Nursery.|