Protea, flower and plant

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Protea, flower and plant: from cultivationto the sale of plants and seeds. Duration and characteristics of cut flowers, species and advice on how to grow them in pots or in the garden.

Protea, plant

It is not easy to talk aboutprotee: there are about 130 species, many extremely similar to each other, others, however, have characteristic peculiarities. Protee belong to the Proteaceae family, they areplantsnative to South Africa, many species grow in the temperate-Mediterranean climate zones, so they adapt perfectly to the Italian Mediterranean climate. Other species, on the other hand, thrive in subtropical areas and for this reason, for cultivation in our gardens, they require special care.

Protea, flower

This plant, regardless of the spceie, has simple, leathery leaves that mother nature has modeled in order to minimize water dispersion by leaf evaporation. Thereproteait's aplantappreciated for its beautifulblooms.

THEflowersthey are very flashy. The inflorescences are solitary and terminal, the size of theprotea flowerdiffers by species. In addition, in nurseries and garden centers you can find varieties able to enhance the size and colors of the flowers.

We can findplantswith very large central flowers or with a large number of small flowers surrounded by petal-like bracts.

How to grow protea

Therecultivation of proteait can be done both in pots and in the garden. To obtain a scenic effect that certainly does not go unnoticed, I recommend youcultivatewhole patches of garden with a single species ofprotea. In this way, you will get lush green areas that, at the time of flowering, create elegant color spots with clearly visible flowers at the apex of the branches. THE protea flowers they have a peculiarity that is appreciated: they are colorful and evident even when the bud is closed. Therefloweringlast several months.

The choice of the plant to grow in the garden or in a pot, must be commensurate not so much with personal tastes as with space requirements. The known species have very different sizes.

Who has a small garden or wantsgrowing the protea in potshe will have to choose a small species which does not occupy, in width, more than 30 - 100 cm. The largest species, in fact, can even exceed 3 meters!

Protea, plant cultivation

Thereproteais a plant that wants acidic soil. The Protea obtusifolia and Protea repens species can tolerate soil with pH up to 5.5 - 6 but the other species want soils with pH reactions between 3.5 - 4.

They want abundant irrigations but given the pH requirements, especially if you wantgrowing the protea in potsavoid irrigation with tap water (calcareous) and irrigate with acidulated water or rainwater.

Theseplantsthey want full sun exposure and also withstand the wind typical of coastal areas.

For planting, deeply work the soil which must be soft. For thecultivation in pots, use acid soil for sowing. The soil will need to be well drained.

Protea, plant or seed for sale

To purchase the plants, you can go to specialized nurseries or take advantage of online sales. Who wantscultivate proteastarting from the seed you will have to be patient because the seeds are low germination therefore on an abundant sowing, you will be able to carry on a few plants.

Thereseeding of the proteait can happen in spring. THEseedsthey should be placed in soft soil for sowing, to be kept humid and above all in a partial shade area. The seeds must be buried at a depth equal to the size of the seed, therefore very superficially.

How long do they take to germinate? From one to three months depending on the species and development conditions. Once the first leaves appear, reduce the amount of water and move to a larger, well-drained pot.

For planting (but also for sowing) you can use a soil made from two parts of coarse river sand and two parts of acid soil and one part of vermiculite. This way you will be able to ensure an acidic pH soil. The materials mentioned can easily be purchased online or from specialized agricultural consortia.

For the sale of seeds, for example, you can take a look atthis Amazon pagewhere they are availableprotea seedsof many species and varieties.

Protea cut flower

Thecut floweris among the most modern news that we find at florists! In fact, thecut flowerit is appreciated not only for its colors and shapes but above all for its long life.

The most popular plant to grow in pots and to use for its cut flowers is theProtea cynaroides which bears huge flowers, resembling a colorful artichoke but with a more graceful and delicate appearance.

Thecut flowerhave a long service life and, theProtea cynaroides, when cultivated in pot, with its flowers, it attracts a good number of pollinating insects (butterflies, bumblebees, bees ...) thanks to the large quantity of nectar produced. They also attract small birds!

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