Southwest Gardening forum: Does anyone here grow Proteas?

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
May 3, 2016 8:01 PM CST
They don't fit any of the regional or classification catagories and I have a question.
Name: Linda
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quietyard
May 4, 2016 4:18 PM CST
Sorry Carol, I have never heard of that plant. Hope someone else here has. This is a pretty quiet forum. Crying
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Name: Dee Moore
Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a)
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DomehomeDee
Oct 27, 2016 9:21 PM CST
I've tried to grow several of them and they don't like my yard. I've tried everything from watering regularly to ignoring them and just about everything in between. It's cooler here than where you are, I am about 10 miles inland from the coast at Pismo Beach. There is a nursery here in Los Osos, on the coast, that grows Proteas and other Aussy plants so maybe they just like a little more air moisture than they get with me. In any case I have found them picky, which is a shame because they are gorgeous and I would love to have a bunch of them.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Oct 27, 2016 9:26 PM CST
They are gorgeous. I remember drooling over them when we were in Hawaii. They must require a lot of humidity to do well.They also need acidic soil, about 5.5ph. I decided not to even try them, but do love looking at photos of them.
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Oct 27, 2016 9:51 PM CST
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Oct 27, 2016 10:30 PM CST
Beautiful! Do you grow them RJ?
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Oct 27, 2016 10:48 PM CST
No, I wish I had that ability, these were in a homeowners garden in New Zealand. Incredible flowers.
Name: Mary
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Pistil
Oct 28, 2016 12:20 AM CST
I have not grown them, but I have been growing some other plants from Australia (some Proteas are from Africa) so I have read some about them. Many Protea are from very places with very poor depleted soils, and they can be killed by fertilization or even mulch, it seems mostly to be the P (phosphorus) and sometimes the K (potassium). I killed a Grevillea (similar fertilizer intolerance) by spreading lawn fertilizer about 6 feet away once.
Some Protea require acid soils, but there are some that like limy soils. Here is a link about that which includes which species like which.
http://proteaatlas.org.za/growess.htm
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Oct 28, 2016 9:15 AM CST
That was interesting, Mary. I thought they all needed the acidic soil. In any case, no proteas for this Arizona gal!
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