Protea Australis Ruby
Protea Australis Ruby (Protea neriifolia) is a compact Protea ideal for containers and smaller gardens. The stunning red flowers are fringed with feathery black edges.
Suitable for cut flowers, members of the Protea family are equally at home in garden beds or on display in pots and containers. Ensure an Australian native potting mix and fertiliser is used if growing in pots, and select a pot with adequate drainage holes as these plants do not like to be waterlogged. Plants in this family are very low maintenance, light frost and drought tolerant once established. Proteas are suitable for a variety of soil types but they must be in a well drained soil.
Supplied as a potted plant.
Please Note: Orders containing this item will be dispatched in April.
- Frost tolerant once established
- Require little water once established
- Suitable for areas with full sun
- Suitable to cut for vases
- Grows 1.5m wide
- Grows to 1.5m high
- Ideal Growing Regions:
- View growing regions on the Climate Map
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Common Name: PROTEA
Family Name: Proteaceae
Botanical Name: Protea spp, Leucodendron spp, Telopea spp(Waratah), Serruria spp(Blushing Bride), Leucospermum spp
Plant Type: Evergreen woody perennial
Flowering: Mainly Autumn to Spring.
Positioning: Full sun or light shade
General Information: Most proteas have bird attracting flowers or colourful foliage and will perform best in full sun.
Soil: Well drained, poorly fertilized, neutral to acidic pH. Sandy soils need added organic matter. Proteas will not survive in a heavy clay soil. If planting into a pot a potting mix.
Watering: In the ground: water regularly until established (generally until the end of their first summer.) Water regularly in hot conditions once established. If planted in a tub or container deep watering regularly is required. Check soil
moisture with fingers before watering care must be taken not over water mature plants.
Fertilising: Generally not required if planted into ground, but a slow release fertiliser for Australian Native plants must be used if planted in a pot.
Pruning: To keep plant compact, prune back after flowering.
Dislikes: Being moved once established. Tropical heat.
Pests: Can suffer from leaf miner. Fungal root rot will kill Proteas if soil conditions are too heavy or if overwatered.
✔ Ideal for long lasting cut flowers. To prolong flower life: use 1 tablespoon of bleach per 1lt of water in the vase.
Tips: Proteas need good air movement to prevent fungal leaf problems, when planting allow plants room to spread out and grow. Once established proteas are fairly frost tolerant. ***Some Proteas can take up to 3 to 6 years to flower. Do not
cultivate around the roots of the plant as Proteas are shallow rooted, pull out surrounding weeds by hand. A natural mulch such as bark, straw or leaves can be used to suppress weeds and this will help protect the plant’s surface roots.
Establish which coloured region you live in and then consider the varieties listed as typically suited to that area. The Australian Climate Guide map is intended as a guide only as climatic conditions vary between specific locations. Factors such as local altitude, wind and the proximity of hills, mountains and bodies of water can cause variations from the generalised climate map. Note also that although a plant may be listed as suitable for a particular region, it may still require protection from extremes such as frost or strong winds. You should also consider its requirements for sun, shade and water.
Remember that you can often extend the range of plants that you can grow by creating micro-climates within your garden. Planting under trees, beside brick walls or in the shelter of a building, on high or low points in the garden can all have an effect. Even planting by a pond or surrounded by rocks can be used to advantage. Part of the joy of gardening can be experimenting and nothing is more pleasing that achieving success with a plant that is not usually seen in your area.
The map is based on Australian Bureau of Meteorology 30 year climatology data from 1961-1990. The zones are based on both temperature and humidity:
- Tropical – hot humid summer .
- Mild Tropical – warm humid summer
- Semi-arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
- Arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
- Temperate – warm summer, cool winter
- Cool – mild-warm summer, cool winter