Common questions about growing beautiful proteas
Will Proteas grow in alkaline soil ?
Good drainage is probably more important than your soil’s pH. We have found that most members of the Protea family will tolerate some alkalinity.
When do Proteas flower ?
If you plant a variety of the Protea family you can have flowers and colour virtually all year round.
How often should I water my plants ?
Proteas, just like most Australian natives, prefer a good drink once a week during dry periods and warmer months, rather than little and often.
When should I prune my Leucadendrons ?
Stems can be cut for the vase in Autumn, Winter and Spring. It is important to prune your Leucadendron in Spring to maintain a compact shape.
Will they grow in part-shade ?
Almost all of our plants will tolerate some shade, but red Leucadendrons will be much ‘brighter’ and ‘redder’ in full sun.
Will they grow in clay soil ?
Yes, but as they don’t like ‘wet feet’ choose a sloping position or a raised bed to improve drainage.
Will they grow in pots ?
They grow very well in pots. This is a good option for people with small gardens or heavy soil with poor drainage. Use both potting mix and fertiliser for natives.