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LEUCADENDRON tinctum

Spicy Conebush

Stock: Available

SKU Code: N 458


$7.50

Family: Proteaceae
Characteristics: Evergreen bushy shrub  to 1.3m

Seed per packet: 5
Sold by seed count

A fast-growing small bushy shrub between 0.6 and 1.3 metres in height that produces very attractive pale involucral leaves surrounding the spicy scented yellow-orange flowers in late spring. 

Occurs naturally in the Western Cape Provence of South Africa.

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 seed.

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 of 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 is 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 seed 6mm deep. 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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