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Characteristics: Shrub 1 m spread 1.5 m
Seeds per packet: 5
One of the most rewarding and charming pincushions to plant on its own in a small garden. An erect, rounded shrub up to 1 m tall and about 1.5 m in diameter, with a single main stem. The inflorescences are about 4 cm across, in clusters of up to five individual flower heads at the end of the branches. They open over an extended period of time with the result that one plant provides a colourful spectacle for about four months. The flower heads open as a pale yellow, which soon turns orange and becomes a brilliant crimson with age. Native to South Africa.
Prefers light to medium well-drained soil in a protected sunny position, drought tolerant frost tender.
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.