King Protea. The ultimate statement! This is one of the easier proteas that tolerates a wide range of soil (provided it has an acid pH and well-drained) and will even take a slight frost.
(Proteaceae) Photo courtesy of Rachel Saunders.
Light: Full sun.
Water: Moderate. It is important to water in the summer when it is very dry.
Soil: Fast draining, acid, and nutrient poor. Be careful not to disturb the roots.
Fertilizer: Use a very low phosphorus (or no phosphorus), slow-release fertilizer, or a mild organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion. Like all Proteaceae, it will not tolerate phosphorus.
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9
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