|Storage Temperature: 36 to 38 F
|Ethylene Sensitive: Some varieties are sensitive.
|Description: Large, round, dramatic flower heads
surrounded by colorful bracts, at the end of long, woody stems. King Protea flower
heads up to 12 inches across on stems 24 to 36 inches long. Queen Protea flower
heads 5 to 7 inches across on stems 18 to 24 inches long. Pink Mink flower heads 3 inches
across on stems 16 to 24 inches long.
|Colors: King, pink with whitish center.
Queen, pink with cream-yellow center. Pink Mink, pink with pink centers and black mink fur
like edges on their bracts.
|Botanical Facts: Protea is a member of the
Proteaceae family which includes over 100 species of trees and shrubs, most of which are
native to the cape region of South Africa.
|Design Notes: Wonderful, unusual and exotic
blossoms add texture and visual interest to floral designs. Protea make a dramatic
focal point in floral designs.
|Purchasing Hints: Purchase well formed heads.
Avoid blossoms which have leaves that are turning black.
|Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be
below the water line. Break or cut the ends of woody stems. Hydrate in a solution of
warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage
|Additional Notes: Leaves usually turn
black due to lack of carbohydrate and warm temperatures. To reduce leaf blackening,
replace water and commercial floral preservative / floral food every two days.