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Protea

 

Protea

Proteas - sometimes called Sugar Bush - are evergreen shrubs that bear exotic-looking large blooms. They prefer well drained, acidic soil that is not too heavy. These South African natives will die if their root system becomes waterlogged. They are not hardy and must be offered winter protection if grown in colder temperate climates. Most often, in these regions they are grown in containers being moved outside only in the warmer months. Indoors, good ventilation and air circulation is essential.

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plant Features
  • Protea likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Protea likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Protea is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Protea likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Protea

Latin name

Protea

type

Flowering shrubs or trees

family

Proteaceae

ph

3.0 - 5.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Protea likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Protea is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Protea likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Protea likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Protea is 1.50meters x 1.50meters 1.50 M 1.50 M

Protea

Proteas - sometimes called Sugar Bush - are evergreen shrubs that bear exotic-looking large blooms. They prefer well drained, acidic soil that is not too heavy. These South African natives will die if their root system becomes waterlogged. They are not hardy and must be offered winter protection if grown in colder temperate climates. Most often, in these regions they are grown in containers being moved outside only in the warmer months. Indoors, good ventilation and air circulation is essential.


Planting indoors

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

If proteas are grown in containers add crocks to the bottom of them to improve drainage. Compost needs to be well drained and acidic. A mixture of peat, bark, grit and polystyrene beads is ideal. The essential bit is that the compost in your container is well drained. They need full sunlight and plenty of well circulated air.

 

Planting outside

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Position in full sun, preferably on a south facing slope in well drained, acidic soil which is low in nutrients. Winter protection must be provided in temperatures below 5C, especially for young, newly planted protea.

 
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