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PROTEA laurifolia

Grey Leaf Sugarbush

Stock: Out Of Stock

SKU Code: B 38

Family: Proteaceae

Characteristics: Shrub 2.5 m spread 2 m

Seeds per packet: 5

Sold by Seed count

Protea laurifolia is a large, upright, well-branched shrub native to South Africa. Leaves are elliptic, broader in the middle and tapering to the base and apex. The leaves are covered with minute soft hairs when young but hairless when mature, and the leaf surface is coated with a blue-green bloom giving the whole bush a greyish-green colour. Large pale pink flowers tipped with a fringe on black and white hairs.

Prefers light well-drained sandy rich soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost-resistant.

Grow notes:

The best time to sow is usually autumn or spring when the temperature range is between 16-22°C and there is a difference between 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 it to the surface after sowing, both provide good results. Smoke treatments are available by clicking here.

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