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PROTEA repens - Honey Pot Sugarbush | Image by Thijs nl CC BY-SA 3.0

PROTEA repens Red

Honey Pot Sugarbush

SKU: B 59
Stock: In Stock

Family: Proteaceae
Characteristics: Shrub 2.5 m spread 2 m

Seed per packet: 5
Sold by seed count

$6.00 AUD Excl. GST

A very attractive Protea with an erect, branching stem and narrow, glossy green leaves 12.5 long. Cone-shaped flowers with creamy white petals and reddish bracts occur in terminal heads. The flower heads have a sticky exudate on the outside and a large amount of nectar on the inside, hence the name "Honey Pot Portea." It is a good bird and bee attractant.

The Nectar was an essential part of the early Cape settlers as a remedy for chest disorders. Nectar can be collected by shaking the flower heads into a bucket; it is then strained and boiled into a syrup known as "Bossiestroop" and is mainly used in cough syrups.

Prefers a light, sandy, well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought-resistant but frost tender.

Occurs naturally over the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape of South Africa.

Images by SAplants ShareAlike 4.0 International and Thijs nl CC BY-SA 3.0

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 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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