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Hakea Burrendong Beauty | Growing + Care Guide Australia

Hakeas are popular Australian natives that offer beautiful blooms that will attract a wide range of nectar-feeding birds to your garden. One of the most curious cultivars of the hakea species is the hakea Burrendong beauty.

An exciting hybrid of the species, the Burrendong beauty has marvellous, pin-cushion-like blooms. Here is how to cultivate, care for and grow the hakea Burrendong beauty. 

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Introducing Hakea Burrendong Beauty

Genus: Hakea
Species: Hybrid of H.myrtoides and H.petiolaris
Common Name: 'Burrendong Beauty'
Flower Colour: Pink/red
Foliage Colour: Dark Green
Growth Habit: Shrub to 1.5m
Flowering: Winter

One of the most curious cultivars of the hakea species is the hakea Burrendong beauty

Source: Apsmorningtonpeninsula.org

Hakeas are part of the Proteaceae family, a very popular and sought after species throughout Australia. The Burrendong beauty is a cultivated hybrid of the Hakea myrtoides and Hakea petiolaris

It’s a low-spreading shrub species, with evergreen foliage and spectacular flowers which bloom into a deep pink colour. As with most hakea species, the blooms grow into a round, pin-cushion like a ball with long white tubular growths around it. 

Although this cultivar only ever grows around 0.5 to 1.5 metres high, its spread is often over 3 metres. This makes it a great landscaping plant to grow as a border plant or ground cover. 

Best suited for low humidity areas, this cultivar begins its bloom during the autumn and will produce a dramatic, floral spectacle in the winter. 

Growing Burrendong Beauty

How to Grow Burrendong Beauty

Even when given a few basic conditions, the burrendong beauty blooms quite extensively. However, good drainage and low humidity will be essential. 

Although this cultivar can be grown in a pot or the ground, it is best suited for outdoor growth. Unless grown in an extremely sunny spot in a home, it is incredibly unlikely to flower. 

As such, it is best to pick a sunny spot in your garden that gets a good amount of airflow. Around 6 hours of direct sunlight per day is ideal for a bountiful bloom. 

Unfortunately, humidity can be an issue for this cultivar, so it’s not a great choice for coastal areas, or anywhere that experiences an extremely humid summer. Excessive humidity can cause dieback, which would be fatal for your plant. 

As such, it’s also important to choose loose, well-draining soil. Sandy or loam soils are a great option. If planning on growing in clay soils, you will need to prepare the soil before planting. 

If growing your burrendong beauty in a slightly windier spot, it may be advisable to stake the base stem during the first few years of growth.

Planting Hakea Burrendong

For growers who don’t have the patience to grow burrendong beauty from seed, this cultivar can be found at certain native plant nurseries

When planting, you’ll need to:

  • Pick a spot for planting and supplement the soil with a slow-release granular fertiliser. 
  • Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball, which is approximately the same depth as the pot in which it had been growing. 
  • Remove the root ball from the pot, gently tousling the roots loose. 
  • Place the root ball into the hole, ensuring the top of the root ball lines up to the ground level. 
  • Backfill with soil and gently pat down with your hands. 

How to Propagate Hakea Burrendong 

How to Propagate Hakea Burrendong

Most hakea species can be cultivated using three methods: by seed, by cutting or from grafting. Although, grafting can be incredible when not experienced with this species. As such, propagating by seed or cutting is advised for beginner growers. 

Growing Hakea Burrendong From Seed

Seeds can be removed from plants a few months after flowering. Once removed from the plant, seed pods usually split within a week (or so) to reveal two small, winged seeds. However, these usually require excessive heat in order to do so. 

Here is the fastest way to get your seeds to grow:

  • Cook seeds after picking. Heat seeds in an oven at 120°C for about an hour. This will cause the seed pods to split, and seeds can be removed using a pair of tweezers. 
  • Plant seeds. Sow seeds onto the surface of a porous, seeding mix in a seeding tray. 
  • Keep seeds moist. After planting, it is advised to soak the soil, allowing the seeds to lodge. Thereafter, simply mist the soil to keep the seeds moist but not wet. 

Germination usually takes 14 to 60 days. Seedlings can be replanted once new growth appears. 

Growing Burrendong Beauty from Cuttings

Getting cuttings to grow can also be incredibly tricky. However, it is possible. Cuttings should only be taken from healthy, thriving parent plants. Take care not to remove any diseased or damaged parts of the plant. 

You’ll want to: 

  • Remove the cutting. Take a cutting around 75-100mm using a sharp blade. The cutting should have at least 5 to 6 young, healthy leaves. 
  • Remove lower leaves. Remove leaves around the lower part of the cuttings, leaving only a few healthy leaves at the top. 
  • Wound the lower stem. Wounding will help to promote root growth. Using a sharp blade, make a few small incisions at the base of the stem. 
  • Dip into rooting hormone. A rooting hormone will help to speed up the root growth process. Simply dip the wounded end into a rooting hormone for about 30 seconds. 

Plant your cutting. Plant your cutting into a small pot with a rich soil mixture. Keep your cutting in a warm, sunny spot to root.

Hakea Burrendong Care Guide

Hakea Burrendong Care Guide

Source: Apsmorningtonpeninsula.org

Luckily, once you’ve started growing hakea burrendong beauty, it won’t require too much additional care. Your burrendong beauty will only require water when the soil is completely dry.

Avoid overwatering at all costs, as this often leads to root rot or other fungal issues. Occasionally check the soil. When the first 5 cm are completely dried out, you can consider soaking the soil. 

Although it’s not always necessary, a native plant fertiliser can be added to the soil to support your plant and promote a brighter bloom.

Fertiliser can be added once annually during the summer, ahead of the blooming season in autumn. Learn more on which fertiliser would best work for you in our complete guide on garden fertilisers

As with other hakea species, pruning can be done to regulate shape and size or to remove any spent blooms after the blooming season. This species does not respond well to harsh pruning. As such, avoid cutting back too much old growth.

Common Burrendong Beauty Problems

There are not often issues with this cultivar, provided it’s growing in a low-humidity area and in well-draining soil. 

When experiencing too much moisture, this cultivar tends to develop fungal diseases or dieback, which can be fatal for your plant. 

As long as you are regulating your watering and keeping your burrendong beauty in a spot with sufficient airflow, you shouldn’t have an issue.

Start Growing Hakea Burrendong Beauty Today! 

If you’re considering growing some other hakea plants in your garden? Take a look at our other Hakea guides here: 

At the end of the day, the hakea burrendong beauty is a great option for Australian gardens. It’s easy to care for and fairly easy to grow; you’ll have a fantastic feature plant that blooms in the winter and invites a range of wildlife to your garden. 

Hakea Burrendong Beauty Growing + Care Guide Australia

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