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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Description

Protea genus. There are 115 species of evergreen shrubs and small trees, they produced cone-shaped flowers which are produced in a dense mass of hairy flowers which are surrounded by brightly coloured leaf-like bracts. They will require full light and well drained, neutral to acidic soil, which is low in phosphates and nitrates.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Shrubs or Trees

Other common names

Sugar bush

Origin

Tropical Africa

Interest and use

Grown for their colourful bracted flower heads.

Cultivation

They need an open, sunny position with light acidic, well-drained soil. You need to prune after flowering to maintain shape and to promote new growth. Plants under glass must have plenty of ventilation throughout the year. Prune, if necessary, in early spring.

Propagation

Propagation is by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in summer. It can also be grafted or budded.

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