Pincushions Plant Info

Pincushions are evergreen shrubs that belong to the protea family. They have leathery, green, and heart-shaped or toothed foliage with large, spherical flower heads that resemble colorful pin cushions. The blooms are rich in nectar and attract various pollinators. They’re mainly used for cut flowers and ornamental gardens because they add a tropical flair and vibrant color to any setting.

Leucospermum cordifolium
Pincushion
Nodding Pincushion
Heart-Shaped Leaved Pincushion
Protea
Ornamental Pincushion
Bobbejaanklou (Afrikaans)
Flame Giant
High Gold
Harry Chittick
Yellow Bird
Veldfire
Blossoms vary from soft pinkish-yellow to brilliant orange to crimson red

Water

Pincushions are drought-tolerant and do not need much water once established. But you should not allow them to dry out completely, especially during the flowering season. Water deeply and infrequently, and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. As a general rule, hydrate once every 7-10 days in summer and once every 2-3 weeks in winter.

Sunlight

These shrubs thrive in full sun and need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight to flower well. But you can place them in partial shade in hot climates, as long as they get some morning or afternoon sun. If grown indoors, place the pot near a bright window that receives direct or filtered sunlight. Also, rotate them regularly to ensure even growth and flowering.

Soil

The plants prefer well-drained acidic soil that's low in phosphorus. The medium should also be loose and airy, allowing the roots to breathe. A good potting mix consists of equal parts of coarse sand, peat moss, perlite, and compost. If grown outdoors, pincushions can tolerate poor soil as long as it is well-drained. And if cultivated indoors, repot them every 2-3 years to refresh the soil and prevent root rot.

Fertilizer

They can benefit from a light feeding once or twice a year, preferably in spring and summer. The fertilizer should be low in phosphorus and high in potassium. A slow-release or organic fertilizer is ideal, as it reduces the risk of salt buildup and root burn.

Pruning

Prune lightly to remove dead or diseased branches, improve air circulation, and shape the plant.

Propagation

You can propagate by seed or cuttings

Thrives in

Full sun, well-drained soil, and low humidity

Toxicity

Not toxic to humans or pets

Pests & Diseases

Generally pest and disease-resistant, but can occasionally suffer from:
Aphids
Mealybugs
Root rot
Powdery mildew

Landscaping Ideas

Specimen
Hedging
Rock garden
Xeriscaping

Last Updated: August 30, 2023

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