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Shrubby grevillea (Grevillea juniperina)

I always say it and I will always say it: Grevillea are plants that produce flowers that, curious as they are, are marvels, with a very high ornamental value.

But if we add to that that there are species, such as Grevillea juniperina, which does not grow more than three meters in height and can even be shorter, it only remains to find out in which climates it adapts and what its cares are for.

Origin and characteristics

Image – Flickr/ Tony Rodd

This plant wonder is an evergreen shrub endemic to eastern New South Wales and southeastern Queensland in Australia. It grows to a height of between 0.2 and 3 meters, with a habit that is usually compact and rounded, but can take the shape of a small tree. The leaves are lanceolate, somewhat leathery, between 0.5 and 3.5 cm long.

It blooms from mid-winter to summer, producing spider or sea urchin-like flowers of assorted colors: red, pink, yellow, orange, or greenish.

What are their cares?

Would you like to know how to take care of it? Here is the mini-guide that will tell you how to have it very healthy:

  • Location: it must be outside, in full sun.
  • Land:
    • Pot: universal growing substrate mixed with 20% arlite or pumice.
    • Garden: grows in all types of soils as long as they have good drainage.
  • Watering: 2-3 times a week in summer, and every 5-7 days the rest of the year.
  • Fertilizer: in spring and summer it is advisable to fertilize it with guano (liquid), which is an organic fertilizer of very fast efficiency. You can get it here.
  • Multiplication: by seeds in spring. Plant them first in a seedbed (pot, tray, etc.) and transfer them to individual pots when the roots come out of the drainage holes.
  • Pruning: late winter.
  • Rusticity: it resists well the cold and the frosts of up to -4ºC.

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