The Leucospermum plants are actually a genus of flowering plants that belongs to the Protea family, and they are about fifty species which are most native to South Africa. Leucospermum has different varieties ranging from low-growing ground covers to small trees. Some of the Leucospermum varieties have become popular indoor plants, valued for their color and also their pincushion-like blooms. Continue reading to learn how to grow Leucospermum plants in your home or garden.


  How to Grow Leucospermum

For growing Leucospermum outdoors, the Leucospermum plant hardiness is limited to growing in the warm climates of USDA plant zones nine through eleven. The Leucospermum plants growing conditions actually include full sunlight and poor, well-drained, acidic soil. Drainage is so very important; in fact the Leucospermum plant is often placed on elevated mounds or slopes.  

Also, the Leucospermum plants may not survive in rich soil or in crowded conditions where air circulation is actually limited. For this reason whether the Leucospermum plants are grown indoors or outdoors, the Leucospermum plants should not be fertilized. The indoor Leucospermum plants prefer sandy, well-drained potting mix. A bright, indirect light, along with temperatures between sixty-five and seventy-five degree Fahrenheit produces their lush blooms.    


How to Care for Leucospermum Plant

Like I said earlier, the Leucospermum plant care consists primarily of keeping the Leucospermum plant well drained and aerated. Though the Leucospermum plant is somewhat drought-tolerant, the plant benefits from regular water during warm, dry weather. Make sure you water early in the morning so that the Leucospermum plant will have all day to dry before the arrival of cooler temperatures in the evening. You can water at the base of the plant and also keep the foliage as dry as possible. You may also want to add a layer of mulch in other to keep the soil dry and staunch the growth of weeds. Also make sure you keep the mulch away from the base of the plant in other to prevent rot and other problems caused by excess moisture. The indoor Leucospermum plants should be watered deeply, though only when the potting mix is dry. Like any other outdoor plants, the foliage should be kept as dry as possible. You have to be very careful not to overwater and never let the pot stand in water. Whether the Leucospermum plants are grown inside or out, make sure you remove fading blooms to encourage continued blooming.  

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