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PROTEA cynaroides - Spring Flowering

King Protea

SKU: B 54
Stock: In Stock

Family: Proteaceae
Characteristics: Shrub 1-2 m spread 1 m

Seed per packet: 5
Sold by seed count.

$6.00 AUD Excl. GST

The spring-flowering King Protea is one of the most popular varieties, having one of the most prominent flower heads in the Protea family. They are stunning in the garden, patio, and flower arrangements.

The flowers can grow to 25 cm across and are relatively long-lived and prized as cut flowers as they retain their blooms after being removed from the plant.

Flowers may bloom on and off for much of the year, with a concentration in warmer months. In their native habit, King Protea's are found in various colours, from whites to pinks and reds. Native to South Africa.

Prefers a light, well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought resistant but frost tender. Adaptable to a range of climates.

Protea cynaroides is widespread across the Cape Floristic Region, from the Gifberg near Vanrhynsdorp southwards to the Cape Peninsula and eastwards to the Kaprivier Mountains northeast of Grahamstown.
It is not in danger of extinction.
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The best time to sow is usually autumn or spring when the temperature range is between 16-22°C, and there is a difference of day and night temperatures of around 12°C.
If your summers are hot and dry and winter is moderate and wet, autumn is the best time to sow.
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 equal to its side deep. Vermiculite is an excellent medium 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 30-60 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 by soaking the seed overnight or applying it to the surface after sowing; both provide good results. Smoke treatments are available by clicking here.

*Please note:

  • Please do not be too hasty to discard seeds that do not germinate; seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural germination requirements.
  • As with all seeds, they must have adequate water to keep them moist but not too wet.
  • These growth notes are provided as guidance only and do not guarantee successful germination.

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