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Linear Leaf Conebush
Characteristics: Evergreen shrub 1.5-2 m spread
Seeds per packet: 5
An attractive Leucadendron growing from a single basal stem with long velvety silvery green foliage. Flowering occurs during spring and summer with cones turning to a silvery pink on maturity.
An erect, well-proportioned fast growing ornamental plant that grows naturally at altitude's of1100 to 2000 metres making it a good choice for cool harsh conditions.
Leucadendrons are dioecious, separate male and female plants. Both the male and female flowers occur in dense heads at the branch tips with the male flowers the most attractive, only the female flower will produces cones and seed.
Prefers a sandy well drained soil in a sunny position. Drought and frost resistant.
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.