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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 34


Howard Asper Sr

pp: 168-172

The family of plants named Proteaceae is very large and is indigenous to the southern hemisphere. Several of its genera have graced our California gardens for many years, such as the grevilleas, the hakeas, and macadamia. During the last 20 years there has been a growing interest in a number of proteas for flowers and foliage to be used in the cut flower industry. For the most part these are the banksias, the leucodendrons, the leucospermums, and the proteas.

It is the propagation of these plants that we will attempt to consider. As with most plants they are propagated by seed, by cuttings, and by grafting. With but one exception, seed can be obtained from plants already growing in the U.S. The exception is the large-flowered proteas which require hand pollination. In their native South Africa the sun bird (Anthobaphes violacea) does the pollinating. There are a number of seed merchants in both South Africa and Australia who will supply seed for very reasonable charge. The seed loses

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