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Protea compacta 4" pot


A large pink protea that is comparatively easy to grow. Long reddish-pink bracts surround a furry inner cone. Grows into a large shrub, but makes a good container plant as well. As with all Proteas, it does not tolerate chemical fertilizers. Flowers in the Autumn and Winter.

(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