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Bearded sugarbush

Protea neriifolia

Protea neriifolia is a large woody shrub grown as a garden shrub and used in the cut flower industry. In the wild, it provides nectar to sugar birds and insects who pollinate the flowers. Protea neriifolia 'Limelight' and 'Cream-mink' are two commercial forms of the cream to green coloured neriifolias.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Winter
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Flowers are harvested during the long flowering season. Flowers are ready to be picked once the top end of the bud starts to pull open. The flower will continue to open once picked.

Propagation

Seed
Seeds can be sown, but best results and colour come from using cuttings.
Cuttings
Used semi-hardwood, 6-10cm long from current seasons growth in autumn or spring, dip cuttings in rooting hormone and root with bottom heat and intermittent misting, plant out in autumn or spring.

Special features

Attracts birds
The flowers attract sugar birds that feed on the nectar

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, from Eastern to Western Cape mountainous areas.
Natural climate
Winter rainfall temperate areas

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Cut flower
Long lasting flowers make excellent cut flowers!

Personality

Family
Proteaceae
Flower colour
Colours range from creamy-green, through silvery pink to deep carmine.
Scent
None

Problems

Susceptible to leaf borer and like most Proteas, Phytophera, a soil fungal disease especially in the hot summer months. Best control is prevention, water plants early in the morning; keep the soil surface cool by mulching and prevent over-watering in summer. Remove diseased plants and prune diseased material immediately.
Root Rot
Root Rot
Phytophthora spp.

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