These gorgeous plants thrive on neglect. In fact, most problems occur because people have shown them too much care! They look spectacular in the garden, adding a dash of vivid colour, and their colourful bracts make great cut flowers.
Safari Sunset - Densely erect shrubs with dark 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 Harre - Easy 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
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
Best planted in full sun in very free-draining soil.
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 spadefuls 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.
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.
Rarely requires feeding. At most feed with a half-strength mix of a natural liquid feed such as Ocean Grow once a year.
Prune back bracts to a healthy looking bud once they have passed their best or prune them off and use them as cut flowers.