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PROTEA acaulos

Ground Sugarbush

Stock: Available

$6.00

Family: Proteaceae

Characteristics: Spreading groundcover shrub to 30 cm spread 1 m

Seeds per packet: 5

A low growing shrub that grows as a dwarf or creeping shrub up to around 30 cm in height with a 1 metre spread.

The thick stem grows underground with the leaves emerging from the soil. Attractive flower buds have a yeasty smell to attract pollinating mammals occur during winter and spring months.

The name “acaulos” means stemless. Excellent ability to re-sprout from the underground stem after bushfires.

Occurs naturally in the western Cape Province of South Africa

Prefers a light well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought and fire resistant. 

The best time to sow is usually autumn or spring when the temperature range is between 16-22°C and there is difference of day and night temperatures of around 12°C.
If your summer is hot and dry and your winter is moderate and wet the best time to sow is autumn.
In colder climates with less harsh summers it is usually better to sow in spring.

  1. The growing medium should be well draining but should remain damp between watering.
  2. Sow the seed the depth on the seed size. Vermiculite is a good medium to use to cover the surface as it helps retain moisture and controls the temperature. 
  3. Keep moist but not too wet as the seed may rot. Do not let the growing mix completely dry out. 
  4. Germination should occur in 21-60 days depending on the temperature and conditions. 

Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended:
Members of the Proteaceae are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination will often occur without smoke treatment it has proved to be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates in many species of the Proteaceae family 
Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken either by soaking the seed overnight or by applying to the surface after sowing, both provide good results. Smoke treatments available by clicking here.

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