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3 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Rocket Pincushion Overview
A lovely upright pincushion bush in two colours, orange to crimson (var. reflexum) and rarely yellow (var. lutea). This plant is recorded as having a threatened status of NT (near threatened) at present. They do not grow very old, because they are prone to Phytophera disease or in nature will be burnt down by veldfire, which usually occur every 8-15 years.
Common problems with Rocket Pincushion
Fungal infections can be a problem with temperatures above 18°C and the relative humidity is above 75%, good air circulation is the best preventative measure for fungal problems.
Rocket Pincushion Companion Plants
Other Protea species
How to harvest Rocket Pincushion
Harvest the seeds 2 months after flowering. Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds when mature.
How to propagate Rocket Pincushion
Sowing time best during autumn. Spacing ideally 3-4 m and sowing depth should be 1.5 times deeper than the size of the seed. The seed germinate better when treated with smoke.
Cuttings can be taken in late summer or autumn and should be growing in an upright position on the bush.
Special features of Rocket Pincushion
Attracting nectar-feeding birds, especially sugarbirds.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects like ants, bees and butterflies.
Other uses of Rocket Pincushion
Grown for their flower heads.
Decorative large flowering shrub for the garden, attracts birds and is an excellent cut flower.