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How do you grow protea Cynaroides?

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Asked by: Alex Baca

Protea plants must have well-drained soil. Their roots grow mostly horizontally, just below the surface of the soil. If water is allowed to sit and pool on the surface, the roots will become waterlogged and the plant will die. If you’re planting your protea outside, mix bark and grit into your soil to improve drainage.

How do you plant Cynaroides Protea?

The seed is sown in open seedbeds, in a light, well drained soil and covered with a layer of sand (about 1 cm or 1 1/2 times the size of the seed). The bed is then covered with a grid against the attacks from birds and rodents. The seed will germinate three to four weeks after sowing.

How do you grow Protea Cynaroides from seed?

Most Protea require smoke to germinate. Once your seeds are dry use “smoke primer disks” as directed. Plant your seeds in a seed starting tray with ample bottom drainage and a transparent cover. Plant 2” apart and 1” deep in a 50/50 mix of river sand and coco peat, with soil pH of 5-6.

How do you plant Protea?

How to grow proteas in a garden

  1. Choose a place in the garden that gets full sun. …
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball.
  3. Carefully remove the plant from the pot ensuring not to disturb any of the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down.

How do I grow Proteas in my garden?


  1. Plant in a sunny position where the air circulates freely around the plant – they love windy areas.
  2. They thrive in sandy, acidic, well-drained and rocky soils.
  3. Plant in a hole twice the size of the container the plant came in.
  4. Water deeply once a week for the first two years after planting.

Are proteas easy to grow?

Protea plants are not for beginners and not for every climate. Native to South Africa and Australia, they require heat, sun, and extremely well-drained soil. If you’d like a little bit of a challenge, though, protea flowers are beautiful and very unique.

How long does it take for a protea tree to grow?

The Protea cynaroides flowers at different times of year, depending on local conditions. However, the plant needs to be about four to five years old (from seed) before it begins flowering.

Can I grow a Protea from a cutting?

Proteas can be propagated from seed or cuttings. Only healthy plants not subject to stress may be used for cuttings, and no cuttings may be harvested from plants that display any symptoms of disease.

How do you start a Protea seed?

And today we're gonna be going on with part two of the Proteus seeds. That we are starting. We have here Protea compacta that I am going to be unpackaging. So do refer to the last video that talked

Can you grow proteas in pots?

Proteas also grow well if kept in pots, especially the pincushions. Once you have chosen a planting site, dig a hole somewhat wider and deeper than the root ball of the plant. Be sure to break up the soil that is removed from the hole in order to soften its texture.

What time of year do you plant proteas?

We recommended planting in autumn or spring, allowing the Proteas to absorb as much sun as possible. For best results, allow plenty of space between plants for air to circulate and avoid planting any Proteas deeper than the surface level in the pot.

How do you take care of protea flowers?

Here are some ways to help them last even longer :

  1. Unpack the flowers immediately.
  2. Cut up to 1/2 inch off the stems and remove leaves that will end up in the water.
  3. Store flowers in a floral cooler or refrigerator between 36-50 F.
  4. Removing a few leaves around the flower head will enhance the flower display.

What is the best potting mix for proteas?

sandy loam

Proteas prefer a nice sandy loam or open soil. Some Proteas are less fussy and are quite happy in a heavier soil although they will not survive in heavy clay soils. If you do have heavy soils it will be necessary to first mound the soil to improve it and then dig in compost and gypsum to break up any residual clay.

How do you make soil acidic for Proteas?

* A tip from a professor who grew a yard full of proteas in Port Elizabeth is to create acidic soil by pouring 50g of ammonium sulphate dissolved in 10 litres of water onto the soil every two weeks in summer and monthly in winter. * Proteas dislike their roots being disturbed in even the slightest way.

Can you transplant a protea?

They have surface, matting roots that are easily damaged. This makes them very unlikely to survive transplanting, so choose your spot carefully. – Proteas are pretty tough once they’re established. Water at least twice a week in the first summer, even daily when it’s really hot.