Gardening

Let’s know the care of the Hakea laurina or Hakea pincushion

The genus Hakea is in honor of Baron Christian Ludwing von Hake and is made up of around 150 species of shrubs and small trees. Specifically, Hakea laurina is also known as Hakea pincushion, Kodjet or Emu Shrub, it belongs to the Proteaceae family and is native to Australia. But it has been exported to the United States and some parts of Europe. 

Characteristics of Hakea laurina

It is a shrub or small evergreen tree that can measure up to 6 meters in height. The leaves are leathery, alternate, greyish green in color and are lined with showy cream-colored nerves on the underside. While the flowers are scented, in a curious way (in the shape of a pincushion), red and white. It blooms in the fall and into winter.

Caring for Hakea laurina

Fast growing plant that is used as screens, isolated specimens or informal hedges. Younger plants require tutors to protect themselves from the wind. It can even be used as a cut flower for floral decorations or bouquets.

It is a species that needs full exposure to its own or light shade. In addition, it is capable of withstanding weak frosts down to -5˚C.

As for the soil, it must be well drained and have organic matter such as decomposed leaf mulch.

As it is a drought-resistant plant, waterings should be moderate (you have to wait until the soil dries before watering again). While the young specimens require more water until they become adult plants.

The compost should be in the fall, the compost being well decomposed for optimal development.

It also tolerates the training pruning that must be done after flowering, as long as it is not abused.

It multiplies by means of cuttings that are made in the summer and can be rooted in containers with lower heat.

The greatest risk that this shrub presents is excess humidity, so a characteristic symptom is the loss of leaves. So you would have to pay close attention to it.

There is no doubt that it is a plant that cannot go unnoticed due to its interesting shape and the fragrance of the flowers. What do you think? Do you know it? If so, tell us about your experience so that more people can locate it in a part of the garden or green space.

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