Protea, one of the most resistant cut flower existing on the market is a genus belonging to the family Proteaceae.
Inspired by the shape of the flower, in 1735, Carolus Linnaeus has symbolically named it Protea, after the Greek god Proteus known for the infinite amount of forms he could take.
For those interested in planting Protea, one important aspect is the period in which the planting process should be done. As the plant is very sensitive to high differences in temperature between night and day, the perfect time for planting it is in spring or fall. Pay attention also to the seeds, as the plant needs a slightly acidic soil mixture.
Protea is also sensitive to fungal infections and, in order to avoid losing your plant use fungicide solutions, not only for the seeds but also in the case of the plant that already reached maturity.
The watering process should be carefully done, in order to avoid fungal infections. Besides the perfect time to do this, that is most definitely not in the evening, as this can generate even more chances of killing it, avoid also alkaline or salty water.
This flower needs to be placed in direct sunlight, otherwise, it will not grow to full size. If you keep it indoors, consider a led grow light. If you browse some led grow lights websites, for instance GrowLights, you will see that the best choice is a full spectrum led light that will provide the flower with all the different types of light that it needs to flourish. If you are unfamiliar with led grow lights, you can discover the best ones by reading some led grow light reviews.
The Protea genus gathers more than 92 species, subspecies and varieties such as Protea compacta, Protea cynaroides, Protea magnifica, Protea nerifolia, Protea obtusifolia, Protea repend and various hybrids.
Protea cynaroides also named by Linnaeus, was given this name because of the great resemblance between its bud and the artichoke vegetable.
Protea is very popular among flowers used in dry flower arrangements, especially in wedding arrangements. The diversified genus gathering 92 species offers the possibility of creating astonishing, eye-catching bouquets.
Even though all the existing species belonging to the genus are eye-catching and unique in terms of aspect, the most popular one when it comes to commercialization is Protea cynaroides.
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