protea family includes:
proteas in the cool months of fall and winter.
hot, inland areas, site richly colored plants in a northern exposure
so that the harsh sun does not fade the pigments. Along the coast,
sunlight is less of a problem.
a drip-irrigation system. Supply each plant with a 1-gallon/hour
emitter. Overhead sprinklers are not recommended.
a hole twice as deep and wide as the nursery container.
the hole up halfway with the native soil, into which you add a handful
of peat moss to acidify the mixture.
the hole with water and allow it to drain. If it does not drain
quickly, you have selected the wrong location for your protea.
the plant so that it is slightly higher than it was in the nursery
pot. Higher placement ensures that water drains away from the base
of the plant rather than collecting at the base. Water lightly immediately
after planting, and again the next day.
the first year, water two or three times a week, 30 to 45 minutes, with drip irrigation
depending on the heat and drainage. Water home gardens hose in the evening.
the first year, water three hours once a week in summer. In a winter
with a normal rainfall year, do not water throughout the winter.
In drought, water occasionally.
years four and five, water two or three times a week in summer,
a total of 10 to 15 gallons over the course of a week.