Leucadendron In A Pot – Caring For Container Grown Leucadendrons

Leucadendron In A Pot – Caring For Container Grown Leucadendrons

By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Leucadendrons are beautiful South African natives that provide intense color and texture to warm climate gardens in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. This large genus includes shrubs or small trees of various sizes, and many are perfect for growing in containers. Interested in learning how to grow leucadendrons in containers? Keep reading to learn all about growing leucadendron in a pot.

How to Grow Leucadendrons in Containers

Plant leucadendron in a sturdy container filled with a loose, free-draining potting mix. Be sure the container has at least one drainage hole. A good quality, fresh potting mix without added fertilizer is preferable.

Place the leucadendron in a sunny location. You may want to place the pot on a pedestal or other object to improve drainage because lucadendron hates wet feet.

Potted Leucadendron Care

Maintaining container grown leucadendrons is pretty straightforward.

Refer to the label for specifics on your leucadendron, as some varieties are more drought tolerant than others. As a general rule, water leucadenron regularly, especially during warm dry weather when potted plants dry quickly. However, never allow the potting soil to become soggy or waterlogged.

Container grown leucadendrons benefit from one feeding every year. Use a slow-release, low-phosphorus fertilizer, as leucadendrons don’t care for phosphorus.

Prune leucadendron to shape the plant and to encourage bushy new growth and flowers the next spring. Prune young plants when the weather is cool in late spring or later in the season. Prune mature plants after flowering has finished.

To prune leucadendron in a pot, remove thin stems and crowded, misshapen growth, but don’t remove healthy, bloomless stems. Prune the entire plant to the same height. Messy, neglected plants can be trimmed to half their height, but no more. Snip off faded blooms to keep the plant healthy and vibrant.

Repot leucadendron yearly. Use a container just one size larger.

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Protea Plant Care: How To Grow Protea Plants

The protea plant is a sumptuous feast, not just for the eyes but all your senses. They look stunningly beautiful, they feel soft and fluffy to the touch, and they give your garden that exotic tropical feel. So what’s there not to like? As natives of South Africa, the protea plants are grown mainly for ornamental and landscaping purposes. They mainly flower in the late winter and early spring. But apart from the flowers, they have some redeeming qualities that make them a favorite flowering plant by many gardeners.

The protea plant is hardy and evergreen with USDA hardiness zones between 9 and 12. This makes it ideal for warm climates where it can thrive in just about any soil. The only issue you might have with this member of the Proteaceae family is if you live in a very humid region. Proteas need the full sun and well-drained soil as preconditions for their success.

How do you plant a leucadendron?

All this is further explained here. In this way, can you grow leucadendron from cuttings?

Cuttings are best taken in early spring or early autumn and placed in a cutting mix of 75 per cent coarse sand and 25 per cent peat moss. The pots should be placed in a propagating bed with both heating and misting in full sun.

Additionally, how tall do Leucadendrons grow? 4 to 6 feet

Also Know, how do you care for a leucadendron?

Use a slow-release, low-phosphorus fertilizer, as leucadendrons don't care for phosphorus. Prune leucadendron to shape the plant and to encourage bushy new growth and flowers the next spring. Prune young plants when the weather is cool in late spring or later in the season.

When should I cut back my leucadendron?

Leucadendrons bloom in the spring, then continue to put out fresh growth throughout the summer. As the plant is flowering, it's a good idea to remove spent blooms to keep it neat and to encourage more blooms. Cutting back a leucadendron is earnest is best done after the flowers have all passed.


Leucadendron laureolum x strobilinum

Leucadendron are originally from South Africa and are a hardy attractive flowering garden plant given the right growing conditions. Closely related to Waratahs and Banksias, they thrive in a well drained soil and sunny position.

A medium to large evergreen, ornamental shrubs. Most are fairly drought tolerant, will grow in poor soils and do not need fertilising.

Hybrids such as Leucadendron laureolum x strobilinum (pictured right) are forms with improved flowers and are an excellent choice for the garden border, they are also long lived as a cut flower or foliage plant. Leucadendron stelligerum Harvest makes a great low hedging plant as well as a good specimen plant.

Leucadendron Safari Sunset

These plants require little care once established, check the soil ph as they tend to prefer a slightly acidic soil. Prune in late winter to early spring to keep in shape by removing spent flower heads, try not to cut back into old wood that has no growth, and generally give them a little tidy up.

Leucadendron enjoy well-drained soil so mound the soil up before planting. Pruning will prevent the plant becoming straggly. Mulch plants to prevent weeds as they are a plant that does not tolerate soil disturbance.

Varieties such as Safari Sunset provide excellent cut foliage and are a marvellous backdrop for perennials and native grasses while Leucadendron ‘Devil’s Blush’ can be used as a low hedging plant. All varieties enjoy full sun and plenty of air movement.

Summary Information

  • Botanical Name – Leucadendron
  • Common Names – Conebush
  • Country of Origin – South Africa.
  • Climate Zones – Warm Temperate to Mediterranean.
  • Position – Full sun to light afternoon shade
  • Soil – Tolerates a range of well drained soils.Height – Generally around 1 metre to 3 metres for garden varieties
  • Spread – Shrub to 1 metre plus.
  • Growth Rate – Medium
  • Foliage – Green to red depending on variety, elliptical in shape..
  • Flowers – Yellow to pinks and reds.
  • Flowering Time – Winter.
  • Frost tolerant – uses.
  • Drought tolerant – Yes once established.
  • Root system – Regarded as non – invasive.
Leucadendron modestum


The best time to prune is after flowering in spring and you need to prune fairly hard to keep the plants looking good. Prune back to around 12 cm or 5 inches from the base of the plant always leaving some good leaf growth. This will keep the plant nice and bushy. At the same time prune any dead or very spindly growth right back.

Futher Reading

Leucadendron are from the Proteaceae family a large group of plants from Australia and South Africa. Included are many useful garden plants, most suited to hot dry conditions, an excellent source of drought tolerant plants. Many species have been hybridized to create improved flower forms, and many are valued in the cut flower industry.

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