These delightful plants come in a range of sizes and colour. Proteas are hardy and adaptable to most soil conditions and will thrive in your garden with a little extra care. Most varieties prefer a nice sandy, open, acid soil with a ph below 6.
- Plant in well-drained soil. – Firstly, condition the soil by digging in compost and gypsum. This will break up any residual clay.
- Proteas love an open sunny position. The more sun you give them, the more flowers they’ll give you.
- Once planted do not cultivate around the plant and pull out any weeds by hand.
- Mulch around the plant to protect the roots, use a natural mulch such as bark, leaves or sugarcane mulch.
- Keep proteas well-watered until they are established, during hot weather water daily. Once established water frequency will depend on the prevailing conditions and variety.
- All proteas will handle light frost down to minus 2 degrees, while some varieties coping with frost right down to minus 6 degrees.
- Proteas need little feeding unless conditions are severe. Only use a native osmocote or a low phosphorus fertilizer.
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