A slow-growing species. Has a neat, rounded habit. The broad, grey green leaves have red margins. From spring until late autumn, the Peach Protea bears incurving flowers which scarcely open, but are still attractive, flushed a peach pink and tipped with fluffy white hairs. Not well suited to very dry areas or regions with very severe frost or to hot humid conditions.
Must grow in well-drained, slightly acid, gravely soil in a sunny, airy position. Will benefit from a deep mulch of pine needles. Do not apply artificial fertiliser or fresh manure and do not disturb the root area by digging. Will not grow well in clay soil. In the cooler Summer rainfall regions, will grow best on a north facing slope. Also in Summer rainfall areas, water regularly during Winter and occasionally in Summer if the weather is dry. Cut off spent flowers. Pests and diseases: a magnesium deficiency may cause chlorosis of the leaves. Die-back and a plant that is not thriving usually indicates that the rooting medium is too rich..
The best time to sow is in fall or spring. Choose the season that gives the seedlings the most time to grow under favourable conditions. For example, if your summer is very hot and dry, but your winter is moderate and wet - sowing in autumn will give the seedlings a whole winter and spring to become strong before the harsh summer. In colder climates, it is best to sow in spring so that plants can become hardy before the frosts of winter.
Plant each seed in a 500 ml plastic seedling bag. Fill the bag with a well-drained acidic soil mixture with a pH of about 5.5. You can make the mixture out of : 2 parts coarse river sand, 2 parts peat or decomposed pine needles, and 1 part vermiculite or perlite. It is important that the soil mixture drains well. Water should run right through the filled tray, but the soil mixture should be such that it retains moisture and remains damp between waterings. The seeds/seedlings should never be allowed to dry out. The vermiculite helps retain moisture. It helps if the soil mixture is sterilised, ridding the soil of fungus, eggs, larvae and pathogens that might harm the seeds or the seedlings. The simplest method is to drench your soil mixture with boiling water before planting the seeds. This is best done on a flat, hard surface and has the added benefit of leveling out the soil. The drainage of the seed tray should ensure that after about 15 minutes, the soil is evenly damp. If there are any soggy patches or water pooled on the top, then your drainage is not sufficient. The boiling water kills germinating weed seeds, insect larvae, snail and slug eggs and fungal spores.