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PROTEA eximia | Duchess Protea

PROTEA eximia

Duchess Protea
Red List of South African Plants: Least Concern

SKU: E 175
Stock: In Stock

Family: Proteaceae
Characteristics: Shrub 2.5 m spread 2 m

Seed per packet: 5
Sold by seed count.

Qty:
$6.00 AUD Inc. GST

Duchess Protea grow to around 2.5 metres in height with a spread of 2m. Erect stout branching stem with oval leaves 10 cm long. Showy deep pink, purple-centred flower heads 12.5 cm long above greyish green foliage. Native to South Africa.

Prefers a well-drained soil and sunny position, drought resistant but frost tender.

Red List of South African Plants: Least Concern
Protea eximia is a species widely spread across the mountain ranges of the southern Cape. Currently, it is not in danger of going extinct. However, some of its natural habitat has been lost to crop cultivation and pine plantations. Although most of its remaining habitat is in protected areas, habitat degradation due to frequent fires and severe invasion (mainly pine) are ongoing threats near Robinson Pass, Camferskloof, and Langeberg Mountain. Additionally, the population trend of this species is decreasing over time.

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 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.

Please note:
These growth notes are provided as guidance only and do not guarantee successful germination.

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