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PROTEA lepidocarpodendron

Black Breaded Protea
Red List of South African Plants: Near Threatened

SKU: N 540
Stock: In Stock

Family: Proteaceae
Characteristics: Shrub 2-2.5 m with a similar spread

Seed per packet: 5
Sold by seed count.

Qty:
$6.00 AUD Inc. GST

Protea Lepidocarpodendron, commonly known as the Black Breaded Protea, is a fast-growing shrub with good habit and striking flowers with a black-purple silky top from late autumn and winter in its natural range.
The attractive flowers are very sought after for use in floral arrangements.

Occurs naturally in the Western Cape from Cape Town to Kleinmond of South Africa.

Population trend: Decreasing

Red List of South African Plants: Near Threatened.
There is a high probability that this species may become extinct in the wild soon. In the past 60 years, it has lost around 30% of its habitat due to property developments, roads, and invasive plant species. Another significant threat to this species is hybridization with Protea neriifolia. 

It is estimated that the genetic contamination caused by planting Prota neriifolia near natural stands of Protea lepidocarpodendron could affect almost 30% of the population, resulting in a ban being imposed on planting Prota neriifolia within a distance of 500 metres to 1 kilometre from the natural stands of Protea lepidocarpodendron. This ban applies to urban areas and botanical gardens as well.

*Image by Dick Culbertn CC BY 2.0

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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