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South African and Australian Natives

Protea repens 4" pot

Lovely, large protea.  Tall, pointed buds open into beautiful flowers with pink bracts surrounding a white furry cone.  Excellent cut flower and last well in the vase and on the bush.  One of the easier proteas to grow and bloom.  Attracts hummingbirds.

(Proteaceae)  Photo courtesy of Rod and 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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