This plant is actually not for beginners and also not for every climate. Protea plants are native to Australia and South Africa and the plant require heat, sun and also a well-drained soil. The plant can be really perfect for that rocky, hard-to-use part of your garden. Just continue reading to learn more about growing protea plant.

How to grow Protea Plants

Soil is actually one of the first necessary things in growing protea plant. Make sure the plants have well-drained soil. The protea plant roots grow mostly horizontally, and they grow just below the surface of the soil. If you allow water to sit and pool on the surface, the roots may become waterlogged and the protea plant will likely die. If you want to plant the protea plants outside you can mix bark and grit into the soil in other to improve drainage. On the other hand if you are planting it in a pot you can use a mixture of even parts peat, bark, grit, and styrofoam beads.

Make sure you water the established plants every 2 to 3 weeks. If the protea plants are just starting out, you can water them more frequently. The plants can stand a range of temperatures, from 23 F. (-5 C.) to 100 F. (38 C.), but the plant cannot survive long exposure beyond that. These plants really thrive in acidic, nutrient-poor soil. Make sure you avoid fertilizer; an abundance of phosphorus in particular can kill the plants. The plant flowers actually come in large clusters surrounded by bright, spiky bracts that make up a very unusual and striking appearance. The plant flowers can be easily dried for flower arrangements. You can pick them at their peak, then strip away the bottom leaves and then hang them upside down in tightly bound clusters in a dark, breezy spot for 2 weeks.

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