Sugar bush: cultivation and care of the African plant


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Most exotic plants come from far and can be poorly planted here. But not the African sugar bush. Cultivation and care are easy.

The sugar bush comes from Africa

The sugar bush, referred to in professional circles as Protea, comes mainly from Africa and even occurs in more than 100 different species. Although expert botanists were able to find similar proteases in Australia as well. In our latitudes, he was known especially in the flower trade by its showy flowers, which even stand alone bound very decorative look.

By the way, the king protea is regarded as the national flower of South Africa, which in turn shows how beautiful this plant is. For all those who would like to bring the sugar bush into the garden, here everything for the cultivation and care of the African plant.

Planting sugar bush

The sugar bush thrives best as a container plant. The sowing should take place in the spring - if possible already in the half-shaded field, because the Zuckerbusch temperature fluctuations make little difference, even promote its growth. However, frost temperatures should be largely avoided. Plant the seeds about one finger deep into pots that can optimally drain the irrigation water, as you need to keep the seed moist throughout.

However, you can usually plant proteas in the field without any problems. For this you should select a protected location and pre-ground the ground, e.g. enrich with compost or fertilizers. The bush is also suitable for keeping in the conservatory.

Tip:

The seed should first be placed in hot water (about 50 degrees) for about 30 minutes and then allowed to dry well on a cotton cloth before you put it in the ground. As a seedling you should also use a mixture of humus peat, sand and a little perlite.

Then you need some patience until the first signs of plant growth become visible. Sometimes this only takes 3 weeks, but sometimes 2 months. As an alternative to self-cultivation, you can of course also buy larger sugar bush plants in the well-stocked garden center. When buying, however, you should pay attention to the country of origin of the plants come to ensure trouble-free application in the field.

Care of the African plant

➤ Change potted plants:

Once the self-bred seedlings have become visible or have grown in the form of leaves, you should bring the sugar bushes to a moderately sunny location.

➤ Casting:

During a full season, you must always water the sugar bush, which, depending on the variety, possesses a truly impressive flower that is very much like a thistle. In order to absolutely avoid waterlogging, you can also keep the plant moisturized well with a spray bottle.

➤ Fertilize:

You should only resort to additional fertilizer supplies if necessary because the plant is naturally based on nutrient-poor soils. However, if you fertilize, you must definitely resort to a phosphate-free fertilizer, as this can promote flowering.

Tip:

Bring some bark mulch around the field plant, because it can store the moisture very well in the long term.

➤ Repot:

If you have to repot the plant in the course of your life, this should be done as a whole, because it has a very sensitive root system.

➤ Hibernation:

Proteases tolerate our winter frost only to a limited extent, which is why you should overwinter the plants in a cool but bright room. During this time, they can only be cast a little to be able to go into a kind of regenerative winter break. From time to time you should ventilate the room in which the Protea winters, in order to prevent fungal diseases on the plant.

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