Protea aurea - 5 seeds

Protea aurea - 5 seeds

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Protea aurea, the long-bud sugarbush, is a shrub or small tree with a single trunk occurring in mountain fynbos, usually on cool, moist, southern slopes. It is endemic to the Cape Provinces of South Africa.[1] The flowerheads are solitary and resemble a shuttlecock when open. Fruit is a densely hairy nut.

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Propagate Protea aurea s from cuttings or seed. Seed has a much higher success rate than cuttings. Sow seeds in autumn when the nights are cool and the days warm. Treat the seeds with a systemic fungicide and plant in situ, open beds or in seedling trays. Use a well-drained fynbos mix consisting of 1 part loam, 1 part bark, and 2 parts sand. Cover the seeds lightly with sand or fine bark. This species germinates easily after ± 25 days, after which they grow rapidly. Once two true leaves have grown, prick the seedlings out into small bags. Place the seedlings in a lightly shaded area with good air circulation. When plants are ± 50-100 mm tall or after one year's growth, they can be planted into the garden. Nipping out the tips of the seedlings will encourage branching and produce a neater shrub. Protea seeds planted in situ generally grow faster and are less susceptible to diseases than those grown in a nursery situation.