This is a wonderful and showy Protea, coming from the Cape Floral Kingdom in South Africa. The plant has green glossy leaves, and produces about 10 (sometimes many more) flowerheads a season, from June to September. King Proteas produce very big pale pink and silky flowers up to 30cm across. The flowers are long lasting on the plant and great as a cut flower. Plants grow to about 1m in height.
Proteas are quite particular about their germination and growing conditions. They need a well drained sandy and acid soil with low phosphate levels. A sunny spot is best, which is sheltered against frost. King Proteas can be grown outdoors in a sheltered spot in the warmest parts of the UK, but otherwise best in pots that are overwintered in a well ventilated greenhouse.
Pack of 8 seeds. Sow in autumn or spring. Seeds need to be soaked for 24hrs before sowing, preferably in a smoke primer solution. Flowering starts in years 4 and 5. Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.
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