leucadendron summer sun

weeddummie(ACT Aust)September 10, 2005

Dear garden webbers,

I have a small "summer sun" leucadendron laureolum x stobilinum which I'd like to plant in my garden. It seems to grow up to 1.5m high and wide. I was wondering where is a better place to plant it - I have a couple of sunny spots for it. How far does its root system go? Is it ok to plant it a few feet away from a fruit tree? Or maybe it's better closer to the other native australian plants I have (that don't need regulary fertilising).

Does anyone know how fast it grows, and anything else I should know about this plant? I only have a protea so far and its structure looks quite similar...Can someone explain how proteas and leucadendrons are different, characteristic-wise? Lotsa thanks :)

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I would avoid planting near a fruit tree, like all Proteaceae it has far-ranging roots that will absorb fatal levels of phosphorous and they don't need a lot of nitrogen. Two nutrients fruit trees typically use in abundance.


    Bookmark   September 10, 2005 at 12:55PM
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weeddummie(ACT Aust)

Thanks for the reply Ryan. I have a strawberry plant, a japanese maple and peach tree - and if I put the new proteaceae in the spot where I have two other native plants are, it will be 2-3 metres away from the fruits and non-natives (on the same bed), rather than 2-3 feet.

Is this far enough?

    Bookmark   September 10, 2005 at 7:21PM
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I wouldn't think it would be a problem. AFAIK, the biggest problem is when the whole root zone is fertilized, I'm not sure if anyone has looked at the effects of roots growing into fertilized area.


    Bookmark   September 13, 2005 at 11:01PM
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