How to harvest Pincushion
Cut these lovely cutflowers as needed. Bag the seedheads to capture ripening seed, but allow seedheads to dry on the motherplant.
How to propagate Pincushion
The cuttings should be semi-hardwood, 6-10 cm long, of the current season's growth. The cuttings should be dipped in a rooting hormone solution and placed in a warm growing environment.
Difficult to propagate from seed as many steps are involved-in nature they depend on veldfire to sprout seed. Sowing time best in summer, always use fresh seed. Germination is about 3-4 weeks.
Special features of Pincushion
Attracts nectar-loving birds such as sunbirds.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects like ants, bees and butterflies.
Known to grow in poor, dry soil with little rainfall.
Other uses of Pincushion
Grown for their flower heads.
Pincushions make beautiful garden specimens with their bright colours in late winter and early spring.