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Pro Tea


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Krishan20-Feb-04 08:09 PM EST 6b   
Glen21-Feb-04 08:13 AM EST 7   
Krishan21-Feb-04 08:03 PM EST 6b   
Glen21-Feb-04 11:30 PM EST 7   
Krishan22-Feb-04 08:15 AM EST 6a   
Glen23-Feb-04 08:27 AM EST 7   
24-Feb-04 09:27 AM EST   
Krishan28-Feb-04 08:40 AM EST 6b   
Krishan25-Mar-04 10:51 AM EST 6b   
germination26-Mar-04 08:39 AM EST   


Subject: Pro Tea
From: Krishan
Zone: 6b
Date: 20-Feb-04 08:09 PM EST

I am thinking of trying to grow "Pro Tea" here in Victoria (Vancouver Island). I have not seen any varity of this shrub in any Nursery around here. Has anyone any information on growing "Pro Tea" in Canada in warmer Zones. I know they do grow it in California. Flowers Shops in Canada often carry it. http://www.protea.com.au/index.html

Krishan


Subject: RE: Pro Tea
From: Glen
Zone: 7
Date: 21-Feb-04 08:13 AM EST

Krishan--I am also interested in these plants.

Some of the exotic plant folks from the palm society seem to think we have a good chance of growing these plants on the west coast. In their native S. Africa, they often enjoy the same basic climate as you have there, cool dry summers and wet winters. Frost, however, is quite rare and very quick and light.

I have obtained several species from Silverhill Seeds in S. Africa, very nice looking seeds that are 2 weeks in the seed pots now. We shall see if they sprout, they often need a treatment with smoke to simulate the bushfires in their native habitat.

Quite a bit of info is available if you look on the websites for seed suppliers like www.silverhillseeds.co.za and www.finebushpeople.co.za

Keep us posted if you have some success. Awesome flowers!

Glen


Subject: RE: Pro Tea
From: Krishan
Zone: 6b
Date: 21-Feb-04 08:03 PM EST

Thank you very much Glen for the information. I will appreciate if you keep me posted about your seccess. Can we import seeds from South Africa? I am not sure about the Agriculture Canada's restrictions. I will certainly go to this site and explore. I do not have any seeds in my possession yet. I have also heard that one can propogate it by stem cuttings. I saw a cut flowers in one shop here in Victoria. It has a good portion (approximately 1') of the stem attached. May be I will try with that too, this summer. However, the variety of the flower I saw was not all that good. It was Can $8.99 a piece. Where are you actually located, if I can ask.


Subject: RE: Pro Tea
From: Glen
Zone: 7
Date: 21-Feb-04 11:30 PM EST

Krishan-I had no problem at all getting the seeds in from Silverhill. Actually very cheap compared to some of the larger seed companies in Europe that I have ordered other things from...these African companies collect seed from wild and their own cultivated plants so have very low overhead, I believe.

Perhaps I could send you a few seeds of each of the species I have here...I have held back a few in case the main sowing doesn't work out for any reason.

Email me your postal if you are interested in any...they include subvestita, eximia, grandiceps, magnifica, plus serruria florida.

I'm in south Surrey, BC


Subject: RE: Pro Tea
From: Krishan
Zone: 6a
Date: 22-Feb-04 08:15 AM EST

That will be great Glen. I very much appreciate it. For a try, it would be good. I will order more later.

My postal address is 4206 Shelbourne St., Victoria BC V8N 3E9

Since you are so close, I am sure we will meet someday soon.

Thanks again. Krishan


Subject: RE: Pro Tea
From: Glen
Zone: 7
Date: 23-Feb-04 08:27 AM EST

Krishan-the seeds should be posted today.

I forgot to mention this family of plants really needs a fluctuation in temps for good germination. I often put my pots outside for a while then back in, to try to mimic this "Mediterranean" climate where the seeds wait till the rainy cooler fall weather to sprout.

Good luck!

Glen


Subject: RE: Pro Tea
From:
Zone:
Date: 24-Feb-04 09:27 AM EST

Thanks Glen, I am looking forward to their arrival. And thanks for the tip. Regards, Krishan


Subject: RE: Pro Tea
From: Krishan
Zone: 6b
Date: 28-Feb-04 08:40 AM EST

They arrived on friday. I am excited. Will seed them by tomorrow following your procedure. Thanks, Krishan


Subject: RE: Pro Tea
From: Krishan
Zone: 6b
Date: 25-Mar-04 10:51 AM EST

Hi Glen, I sowed the seeds about four weeks ago. Nothing has come out yet. I used 'liquid smoke' to wet/soak the seeds for 6 hours. How about your progress? Regards, Krishan


Subject: RE: Pro Tea
From: germination
Zone:
Date: 26-Mar-04 08:39 AM EST

Krishan--I'm more accustomed to seeds that germinate in a few days, rather than several weeks or even months. Proteas are very slow, in my experience.

Watch the eximia first, they started to sprout after about 4 weeks, and had the best %. My serruria is only now just starting to poke out, after 2 months!

Also try to vary the temps day and night as much as possible, this really seems to prod them into growth, except maybe for subvestita...this species is from a different area where they have colder winter and warmer wetter summers, so it seemed to sprout for me when I moved it on top of the grow lights(where the heat comes from the ballast) which gave a higher daytime temp. Otherwise, they say about 18C is ideal for protea germination, a pretty cool room temp. Someone in Britain mentioned doing all of his outdoors in the spring with good success...I'd have trouble with critters eating on them outside here.

Good luck, till they sprout! Glen


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