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Mountain Rose Sugarbush
Characteristics: Rounded Shrub to 1.3 metre
Seeds per packet: 5
A small shrub, with dense soft needle-shaped foliage on elegantly curved branches. Attractive wine-red cup shaped flowers with a weeping habit makes this one of the most charming species of Protea.
Flowering occurs from mid-winter to early summer.
New branches are green and turn red in the following season before turning brown when mature.
Protea nana is commonly known as the Mountain-rose Sugarbush is one of the most charming of all the proteas. Dense branches of needle-like leaves and beautiful wine-red flowers.
The best time to sow is usually autumn or spring when the temperature range is between 16-22°C and there is difference of day and night temperatures of around 12°C.
If your summer is hot and dry and your winter is moderate and wet the best time to sow is autumn.
In colder climates with less harsh summers it is usually better to sow in spring.
Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended:
Members of the Proteaceae are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination will often occur without smoke treatment it has proved to be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates in many species of the Proteaceae family
Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken either by soaking the seed overnight or by applying to the surface after sowing, both provide good results. Smoke treatments available by clicking here.