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Do proteas have a limited life span... as this is not the first time this has happened... I've lost at least 2x.

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Hi Mi,

It is not unusual for protea leaves to show signs of yellowing throughout their life span. It could well be a iron deficiency that your plant is currently displaying. It might be wise to check the pH of your soil as these plants prefer to grow in an acidic soil. If the pH is above 7, iron availability may be locked in and not available to the plant. To help lower your pH, try Yates Soil Acidifier Liquid Sulfur. It helps creates ideal growing conditions for acid loving plants such as camellias, azaleas, magnolias and blueberries. It's an easy-to-use liquid formulation, it can be diluted and applied without the dust and the mess associated with traditional granular products. When fertilising your protea, we would suggest applying a native fertiliser - Acticote for Natives which contains the correct source of nutrients for your protea. Good drainage is also vital for proteas. When given the right conditions, you will be successful in growing your proteas. Don't give up - they are a wonderful plant to have growing in your garden.



Answered: 3 Aug, 2013

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