Growing Proteaflora Plants in Pots

Protea are excellent additions to any garden. However, not everyone has garden spaces to enjoy them in. There are some varieties which perform excellently in pots and therefore can be enjoyed on a deck or patio. Below are some tips for receiving the best results from growing your Proteaflora plants in pots!

Choose your variety…

The first step to successfully growing proteaceae (proteas, leucadendrons, leucospermums, serrurias, banksias, waratahs) in pots, is selecting a variety suited to these conditions.

Some of the best varieties to grow in pots are:
Banksia ‘Birthday Candles’
Serruria ‘Blushing Bride’
Serruria ‘Pretty N Pink’
Leucadendron ‘Harvest’
Protea ‘Little Prince’

However, there are many more and these can be found by filtering the search in the ‘Our Plants’ section of our website.

Into their new home…

The ideal time to pot up your plant is late autumn- early spring as the weather is cooler. It is key to remember to pot up every year.

When you’re looking for the perfect pot, choose one which is no more than double that of the original pot. This is to ensure that the plant receives the right amount of fertilizers from the soil. Protea enjoy free-draining soil so you’ll need to make sure there are plenty of drainage holes and no saucer.

Using a premium potting mix that doesn’t contain controlled release fertilizer and is suitable for proteaceae or natives (low in phosphorus), add enough soil to the bottom of the pot to ensure the final soil level is approximately between 2-5cm below the rim of the pot.

Next, you can remove your plant from its pot and gently tease out the roots. Place it in the centre of the new pot.

When you add more soil to fill the pot, remember to gently firm the soil around the roots. The soil level should just cover the original root mass.

Location, location, location…

Placing your potted plant in the right position in your garden or on your patio is key. Proteaceae varieties will grow best in a position where they receive full sun all day. It may also be a good idea to raise the pot off the ground to ensure free drainage as they do not like having wet feet!

Caring for your plant…

To receive the best results from your plant, we recommend re-potting once a year. Ensure the soil in the pot is kept moist but not excessively wet, especially during summer. Add fertilizer once a year- it is important to use a slow release fertiliser suitable for natives.
Pruning is also important in caring for your plant and to receive flowers regularly.
For more information on pruning, see our guides,
Pruning Part 2 (Protea)
Caring for your established Protea

By following these guidelines, you should have the best chance for success with proteaceae varieties in pots!

Happy Gardening!

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Beryl Smith commented on 29-Nov-2016 11:08 AM
I struggle to find a suitable pace in my garden for these plants which I adore, so you have given me the impetus to have pot specimens in my garden
thank you
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lynton commented on 27-Apr-2017 04:57 PM
easy to follow and great info
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Walter Donney commented on 18-May-2017 12:03 PM
Thank you, most helpful, can i put charcoL or perlite in the pot for added drainsge?
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Ursula commented on 17-Jun-2017 05:12 PM
I plan to plant the pincushion protea in my garden. Information indeed very helpful. Thank you.
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Rama Tyagi commented on 08-Aug-2017 09:46 PM
I am from India and wish I could grow here.
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Kris Godyn commented on 29-Aug-2017 08:29 AM
Dear Protea Flora. I have bought two of your splendid products Harvest and Little Prince. Unfortunately I don't have plenty sun besides of summer. Could you please tell me which of those two plants could survives in East-South corner position next to my house? With not much sun for 6 months. I'm near Newcastle. Regards Kris
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Kris Godyn commented on 30-Aug-2017 02:11 PM
Of course 5* for quality of plants, website, gardening tips and customer service.
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Zrinah commented on 09-Oct-2017 10:18 PM
I am from Asia. This type of plant have been my favourites. Leucadendron, Bansia, Protea. May I know can get the seed to grow them in a pot Proteaflora: We do not sell seed just plants.
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SHANE VEGAN GREEN commented on 18-Mar-2018 12:45 PM
Thank you, this was a huge help as I’ve never been a keen gardener till now. I’m hoping these will attract birds 😊
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Jeanie commented on 30-Mar-2018 08:23 AM
I’m going to give it a try.
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Dan Padayachee commented on 03-Apr-2018 03:33 AM
I am delighted to have read the article that is so informative. I just bought a Protea plant from the nursery and it is still in the black potting plastic. I would like to plant it in a pot late in Autumn.

Best Regards
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Mrs Kistiah commented on 02-Jul-2018 04:13 AM
Want to grow Proteas in pots in Pietermaritzburg
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