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LEUCADENDRON platyspermum 50 seed

Platy Star
Vulnerable in the wild

Stock: Available

SKU Code: P -6-50s

Family: Proteaceae
Characteristics: Evergreen shrub 0.6-1.3m

Seed per packet: 5
Sold by seed count

An upright shrub with a single stem reaching a height of around 1.7 metres. The foliage of the male plants is a bright yellow and the foliage of the female plants light lime green. The leaves are mostly up to 70 mm in length and 13 mm m width.
Attractive yellow flowers occur during September in their native range. The decorative large brown cones are harvested for the festive season of Christmas in Europe.

Leucadendrons are dioecious, separate male and female plants. Both the male and female flowers occur in dense heads at the branch tips with the male flowers the most attractive, only the female flower will produce cones and seeds.

Listed as vulnerable in the wild.
Occurs naturally in South Africa from Kleinmond to Villiersdorp in the west, and to the Agulhas Plain in the South.

Prefers well-drained soil in a sunny position. Drought and frost tolerant when established. 

Grow notes:

The best time to sow is usually autumn or spring when the temperature range is between 16-22°C and there is a difference in day and night temperatures of around 12°C.
If your summer is hot and dry and your winter is moderate and wet the best time to sow in autumn.
In colder climates with less harsh summers, it is usually better to sow in spring.

  1. The growing medium should be well-draining but should remain damp between watering.
  2. Sow the seed the depth on the seed size. Vermiculite is a good medium to use to cover the surface as it helps retain moisture and controls the temperature. 
  3. Keep moist but not too wet as the seed may rot. Do not let the growing mix completely dry out. 
  4. Germination should occur in 21-60 days depending on the temperature and conditions. 

Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended:
Members of the Proteaceae are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination will often occur without smoke treatment it has proved to be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates in many species of the Proteaceae family 
Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken either by soaking the seed overnight or by applying it to the surface after sowing, both provide good results. Smoke treatments are available by clicking here.

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