have a yellow leucadendron which is about four years old and 1m
x 1m. It grows well and develops many flower heads, but only a few
of them open. The rest go brown and rot away. It's growing in partial
shade and we don't feed it. Can you help?
put on their best show in hot, sunny, open positions. In the shade
the bracts and flower buds can suffer from rot brought on by prolonged
dampness, so your plant will probably improve if you can expose
it to more light and fresh air. They don't transplant at all well,
so the only other alternative is to prune back the plants growing
nearby to try to open up the area and let in more sun and fresh
air to the leucadendron.
You're doing the right
thing by not feeding it, as the root system can be easily damaged
by too much fertiliser.
Gardener, Issue 184, 2005, Page 33
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.