- When choosing a pot for your plant always ensure that it will suit the ultimate size of the tree or shrub.
- Pruning is best done after flowering as the plant starts to produce leafy growth.
- Proteas will grow back after a hard prune but it will affect their flowering potential for the next season. For best results conduct regular light pruning.
- These plants dislike having wet feet. Ensure that the soil is well drained and that they are not sitting in a moist soil for long periods.
- Can tolerate medium to light frost conditions
- Many Proteas prefer a soil that is slightly acidic. However there are some varieties that prefer a lightly alkaline soil. To avoid causing any issues, check the plant label for the preferred pH or try to keep the soil pH balanced at neutral around 6.5.
- Avoid feeding with a fertiliser that is high in phosphorus. Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser is low in phosphorus and is perfect for your phosphorus sensitive plants.
- There are many different species and hybrids available. These include:
Protea ‘Pink Ice’ (P. nerifolia x P. susannae)This is one of the most popular species on the market and often used as a cut flower due to its lovely pink shades and form. Flowers appear from late summer to mid winter depending on location. Shrubs can grow to at least 3 metres in height which makes it a great screen or hedging shrub.
P. compactaA dense forming shrub with flowers appearing from winter to early spring and reaching up to 2.5 metres in height. Available in many different colours from cream to deep pinks with other hybrid varieties available as well.
P. nerifoliaThis species produces large flowers in winter in colours ranging from pink to white, all with a tell tale black rim on the top. Great to use as a hedge or screen as it can reach up to 3 metres in the right conditions.
King Protea (P. cynaroides)
One of the most popular Proteas is the King Protea. With its large flower bracts that form a crown like structure around the main flower head, it is hard to miss, and is definitely a key feature in any floral displays or as a garden plant. Although their flowers are quite dominating when they make their appearance in Spring to early Summer, this shrub is smaller in its overall height growing to about 1.5-2 metres. Great for the container gardens.