This is one of the easier Proteas to grow in the UK, tolerating sandy to clay soils and frosts to -5°C. It is a nice upright shrub with tough leathery leaves and beautiful cone shaped flowers about 15cm wide. The flowers come in shades of pink to red depending on the individual seed. Flowers come out from June to August in the UK. The flowers are long lasting on the plant and great as a cut flower. Plants grow up to about 2.5m.
Protea repens prefers a well drained sandy and acidic soil with low phosphate levels. A sunny spot is best,which is sheltered against frost. They can be grown outdoors in a sheltered spot in the South of England, 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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