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How to Grow and Care for Pin Cushion Plants

Nertera granadensis

This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringWhite flowering plantA photograph is availableHow to Use the Plant Care Icons at The Garden Helper
The Pin Cushion Plant is also commonly known as a Bead Plant or Coral Moss.
It is a fast growing tender perennial that produces an abundance of tiny orange berries just in time for Halloween!

Growing Requirements for Pin Cushion Plants

Pin Cushion Plants are only hardy in zones 9-11, however, they grow best in cooler conditions...
Pin Cushions require full sun or they will produce a lot of foliage and very few berries.
In hot summer regions, they maay need partial shade..
They should be planted in a sandy, well draining soil.
Give your Pin Cushion plant a half strength dose of a good all purpose fertilizer in early spring and mid summer.
Keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy.
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Growing a Pin Cushion Plant Indoors

Pin Cushion Plants are an excellent choice for growing in containers.
If they are grown as house plants Pin Cushions enjoy spending their summer months outside in a sunny location, but must be moved back indoors before the temperature drops below 55 degrees F.
It should be kept in a sunny location with a room temperature of 65-70 degrees.
When active growth slows during the winter, watering should be cut back.
Never allow the pot to stand in water!

Propagating and Growing Pin Cushion Plants from Seed

Sow Bead Plant seeds indoors at any time if you intend to grow them in a greenhouse or as house plants.
Nertera seeds require darkness for germination so be sure to cover them well!
Keep the temperature within the growing medium at 65°-70°
Germination will take place within 20-25 days.
Pin Cushion Plants can also be easily propagated by division.
Pin Cushion Plants
Nertera granadensis
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