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Care of the plant Hakea recurva or Jarnockmert.

Care of the shrub Hakea recurva or Jarnockmert

The genus Hakea, family Proteaceae, comprises 150 species of trees and shrubs native to Australia. Some species are: Hakea recurva, Hakea prostrata, Hakea petiolaris, Hakea orthorrhyncha, Hakea leucoptera, Hakea laurina, Hakea cristata, Hakea bucculenta, Hakea aculeata, Hakea nitida.

Common names: Jarnockmert, Bag-needle bush. This species is native to Western Australia.

They are shrubs or perennial trees that reach 5 meters (16.4 feet) in height. They have long, bluish-green leaves up to 25 cm (9.84") long and needle-shaped. They produce numerous axillary cream-yellow flowers. They bloom from mid-winter to mid-spring.

They are used as isolated specimens, in informal hedges, screens, or in bushy groups in dry, sunny areas of the garden.

The Hakea recurva needs exposure to full sun or very light shade. They resist frost down to -5 ºC (23 ºF).

The soil must be well drained with coarse sand and contain organic matter (leaf mulch); they grow well on sandy substrates.

They are drought resistant plants. Water moderately, waiting for the substrate to dry completely.

Fertilize with compost in late winter.

They do not need pruning.

They are plants quite resistant to pests and diseases; sometimes they can be attacked by aphids.

They propagate by cuttings or by seeds sown in spring.

Images of the shrub Hakea recurva or Jarnockmert

Hakea recurva
Hakea recurva
Hakea recurva