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Plant of the Month July - Leucadendron

These hardy plants create a mass of vibrant bracts and thrive on neglect. In fact the main issue these plants have comes from showing them too much care. They look spectacular in the garden, adding a dash of vivid colour, and they make great cut flowers.

 

Top Varieties

 

 

Safari Sunset - Densely erect shrubs withdark green foliage. In late summer rich red bracts form that look great right through autumn and winter. Grows 2.5 x 1m

 

Inca Gold - Compact bushy shrub. Forms brilliant yellow bracts in spring that contrast brilliantly with the red edge of the leaves and the bright red stem. Grows 1.5 x 1.5m

 

Jack HarreEasy to grow, small and compact shrub. In late winter they form delightful yellow flowers framed by red bracts that last into spring. Grows 1x 1m

 

Fireglow - Easy to grow, compact shrub with a tidy erect growing habit. Develops rosy red bracts from early autumn through winter followed by creamy bracts in early spring. Grows 1 x 1.5m 

 

Amy - An erect, relatively vigourous leucadendron that develops rosy red bracts in early autumn through till spring, followed by creamy bracts on long stems in early spring. Grows 1.5 x 1m

 

Plum Supreme - Colourful, compact and hardy shrub that forms stunning bracts plum purple in late summer through till autumn. Grows 1 x 1m

 

Growing Tips

Position

Best planted in full sun in very free-draining soil.

Planting

Dig a hole twice as deep and twice as wide as the pot that your tree came in. Backfill your hole and mix in a few spadefulls of compost.
If heavier soils (clay) mix in pumice sand and gypsum to help improve the drainage. In some spots it may be worth planting into a slight mound to further improve drainage.

Care

Water occasionally over the drier months. Give them enough space to ensure they stay open and ger air flow. Weed regularly and mulch to help suppress weeds and reduce watering needs.

After Care

Help prevent pests and diseases by thoroughly spraying trees in winter with Liquid Copper and Aquaticus Glow.

Feeding

Rarely required. At most feed with a half-strenght mix of a natural liquid feed such as Ocean Grow.

PRUNING

Prune back bracts to a healthy looking bud once they have passed their best or prune them off and use them as cut flowers.