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Wart Stem Pincushion
Characteristics: Shrub 2 m spread 2 m
Seeds per packet: 5
A dense evergreen multi stemmed shrub to 2 metres (6ft) in height and width. The branches at the base of the plant are covered with warts and pustules hence the common name Wart Stem Pincushion.
The hairless wedge shaped leaves are leathery with 3-10 apical teeth. Flower colour varies depending on locality but are most often are bright yellow ageing to orange. Flowers can occur at any time of the year although the main flowering season is spring to late summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
Ideal specimen plant with it’s compact shape and it’s abundant of showy flowers. Widely used for cut flowers and flower arrangements.
Adapts easily to garden culture and is an excellent choice for gardens both in and out of its natural range.
Prefers light to medium well-drained soil in a sunny position, drought tolerant.
The best time to sow is usually autumn or spring when the temperature range is between 16-22°C and there is 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 autumn.
In colder climates with less harsh summers it is usually better to sow in spring.
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 to the surface after sowing, both provide good results. Smoke treatments available by clicking here.