The Protea Book: A Guide to Cultivated Proteaceae

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Timber Press, 2002 - Gardening - 184 pages
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This spectacular guidebook details most of the cultivated members of this intriguing family, from Banksia to Grevillea to Mimetes, not just the single genus Protea. The author's expertise and lifelong passion for proteas is clear in both the text descriptions and photographs accompanying these entries. Essential advice on cultivation, propagation, and garden uses helps readers in the pursuit of growing their own proteas, and a section on commercial cut flower production previews a future of exciting new varieties.

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The book has fantastic pictures of most fynbos plants however it lacks any information on growing fynbos. For instance soil types fertilazation and any data of that nature. I rate the book three stars just because the pictures are great. The books lacks any scientific data on growing fynbos.

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About the author (2002)

Lewis Matthews ran a well-known protea nursery and cut-flower business for 21 years, until he sold it to concentrate on writing. He is the author of five books, and his articles and photographs are often seen in the New Zealand Gardener. Matthews is also the expert advisor on proteaceous plants to the Plant Variety Rights Office of the New Zealand Ministery of Commerce. He lives in the historic seaside community of Akaroa in New Zealand's South Island.

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