Home Flower Care {Updated} Flower Spotlight: Protea

{Updated} Flower Spotlight: Protea

written by Thalia Basulto January 5, 2018
PHOTOGRAPHY-Wendy Laurel

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Proteaceae or commonly known as Protea is the family name to all of the exotic flowers you’ll see pictured below. In the Protea family you’ll find,  Protea (yes, there is a genus within the Proteaceae family that is also named Protea) Leucopermum, and Leucadendron. Among these genera, there are much more in the Proteaceae family but in today’s blog post I am sharing the most commonly known varieties.

First up is Protea, which I am sure most of you have seen in floral arrangements. These blooms are universal and are used in all seasons. King Protea, for example, have large heads with spiky pink petals outlining the white fuzzy center. Cradling the large head, you’ll find dense greenery. These blooms are supported by thick stems, which makes it easy to handle. Some of the other varieties we offer include Pink Ice Protea, Protea Fresh Tropical Flower and more, which you’ll see below. These proteas can offer amazing texture and drama to any arrangement!

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Next up is Leucopermum (also known as pincushions), this variety is named after its resemblance to the pincushion. Its unusual shaped head (2-3 inches wide) is supported by a thick stem filled with greenery. Its foliage is spirally arranged and has a leathery feel. On average, a pin cushion can last up to six days with proper care. These textural blooms come in orange, red and yellow. Pincushions can be dramatic, which easily makes them a major focal point in your floral arrangements. They pair well with roses, garden roses, ranunculus and any tropical flower.

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The final family member we offer on our site is Leucadendron. Some leucadendron varieties include Safari Sunset, Jester Leucadendron, and Silver Tree. Safari Sunset (also known as Conebush) is a multi-stemmed variety. It has a leathery feel and dark green leaves, flushed with deep-red tones. Jester Leucadendron is very similar to Safari Sunset, they’re both hardy greens and are bicolored. Silver Tree, on the other hand, has a very distinct silvery color tone and a silky touch. Its chrome-like texture makes this greenery unique. Although Safari Sunset is available year-round, Silver Tree is only available in January, October, November, and December. There’s no doubt these decorative greens can easily add height, texture and color.

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Check out the most well-known family members below!

Protea - FiftyFlowers.com

Follow the care instructions below to properly care for your protea.

  1. Open your box of flowers and inspect. *
  2. Ensure that your flower buckets are clean and disinfected.
  3. Fill the buckets with at least 4 inches of fresh, cool water. If you have flower food follow the instructions on the packet to prepare your water.
  4. Remove flowers from box by cutting any straps.
  5. Remove any flower bunch packaging material, including plastic sleeve and/or newspaper.
  6. Cut stems diagonally under running water with sharp scissors to the desired length.
  7. Immediately after cutting, place the stems in the prepared buckets.
  8. Allow flowers at least 4 hours to hydrate well. Flowers may take up to 12 hours to properly hydrate.
  9. Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat.
  10. Change water every 24 hours to keep flowers fresh. Assure that your flowers have sufficient water. The flowers will drink an exceptionally large amount of water upon arrival.

* If upon first inspection, you foresee a problem with your flowers, do not proceed processing your flowers.  Leave the flowers intact in the box and call us immediately to 1.877 50 ROSES (507-6737).

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