Leucospermum cordifolium 'Yellow Bird' / Nodding Pincushion / Seeds

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Leucospermum cordifolium 'Yellow Bird' / Nodding Pincushion / Seeds

A very attractive rounded shrub from the Protea family, with lots of yellow flowerheads in spring to early summer.  Flowers are mostly bright yellow, but some may be red and orange, as there is variability in flower colour when growing from seed. Plants grow to a manageable 1.5m and grow well in the garden and containers.  These produce excellent, long-lasting cut flowers.


The Nodding Pincushion grows best in full sun and well-drained neutral to acidic nutrient-poor soil.  Plants do not tolerate more than alight frost (down to about -4 degrees Celcius), so need to be grown in warmer UK and Mediterranean gardens or grown in containers and moved indoors in winter into a well ventilated conservatory or greenhouse. 

 

Pack of 8 seeds.  Sow in spring or autumn.  Germination can be erratic, so sow more than you need.  Flowering generally starts in the third year.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.  

 

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Hardiness Half hardy evergreen shrub
Flowers Spring to early summer
Height 1.5m
Spread 2m
Conditions  Sun and moist, well-drained neutral to acidic nutrient-poor soil
Sow Sow in spring or autumn.  Soak the seeds in hand-hot water for 24 hours, and rub off the seed coat. Spray the seeds with a garden fungicide, and sow in a tray or small pots of seed compost.  Cover the seeds with compost.  Keep at a warm 25°C, do not let the seed tray dry out, let the temperatures drop naturally at night, and germination starts from 3 to 4 weeks onwards. Germination can be erratic, so sow more seeds than you need.  Soaking the seeds in a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution or a smoke primer solution before sowing may improve the speed of germination and the number of seeds that germinate.  Move the seedlings to pots when they are big enough to handle, and pinch off the root tips to promote root growth when transplanting.  Plant out or into bigger containers after about a year from sowing. Flowering starts from the third season.
Grow Protect plants from hard frosts, especially when the plants are young and less woody. Plants grow well in large pots in a well ventilated conservatory.  Feed occasionally with a phosphate-free fertilizer and top dress with compost once a year.  Trim back untidy stems after flowering, otherwise minimal pruning is needed.  Semi-hardwood cuttings of 6-10cm of current year’s growth can be taken in summer to early autumn.  Provide bottom heat for cuttings.