Protea Plants

Protea in a Pot

Robert Schubach added on March 29, 2017 | Answered

I bought a protea in a 300mm pot, but it has not shown any signs of development since I bought it (about 2 months now) Does it need special food, soil, etc? Will it survive in the pot? I look forward to hearing from you Regards Robert

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Liz Baessler
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on March 30, 2017

Protea plants should be able to grow fine in pots, but they do have pretty strict soil and water requirements. The soil and the pot need to be extremely well draining, or the roots will rot. They also like heat and lots of direct sun. If you're keeping it indoors, that might be part of the problem.
You can read more about their specific growing conditions in this article:

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