DOS AND DON’TS OF GROW­ING FYN­BOS

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Do an­chor mem­bers of the Protea fam­ily with stakes or rocks if the plant has a small root base; their roots must not be dis­turbed when planted out.

Do leave space be­tween po­ten­tially large young plants for them to grow into. Do plant new fyn­bos ev­ery year or so, so you have plants of vary­ing ages; some proteas have a shelf life of 5–10 years so it’s good to have some young ones to fill the gaps when the older gen­er­a­tion dies.

Don’t over­wa­ter.

Don’t dig over the earth around fyn­bos; they like to have a com­pact set­ting.

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