Kangaroo Paw – Anigozanthus species
A bird attracting plant Kangaroo paws ( anigozanthus )have highly decorative flowers, a come in a wide range of colours. Originally from Western Australia, Kangaroo Paws are one of the first Australian Plants to be extensively hybridised.
Kangaroo Paw plants are available in a range of colours and include ‘miniature’ or ‘mini’ kangaroo paws. Kangaroo paws are available for sale from Online and Mail Order Nurseries.
Popular as a cut flower, the Black & Green Kangaroo Paw is actually a different species ( macropidia fuliginosa ) it prefers a drier soil to anigozanthus and can be difficult to grow, but well worth the effort for the enthusiast.
Kangaroo paw plants require full sun or partial shade and a well drained soil, they can be grown in well drained pots and colours include yellow red and black.
Pruning Kangaroo Paws
It is interesting to know that many gardeners believe the secret to growing healthy Kangaroo paws is pruning. Cutting rig back to the ground in autumn is the preferred method.
Make sure when you do prune that you leave any new growth, or new flower buds, use some sharp secatuers and prune away. Pruning not only encourages new healthy growth, but it also helps prevent disease.
Remember to clean up all of those pruning and consider giving your kangaroo paws a good helping of Australian Native Plant food. A little mulch and a good watering if it has been dry.
Kangaroo Paws Dying ?
We have had lots of questions about this and the answere comes in two parts. Firstly Kangaroo paws ( anigozanthus ) do not like to get wet feet, so good drainage is essential.
Secondly, SOME of the new cultivars are very pretty, HOWEVER some are also relatively short lived. They will last 2 – 3 years and then just ‘give up’. The problem is that these palnts from Western Australia do not like humidty, and some of the cultivars are extra sens itive, so on the East Coast – they die. The smaller growing plants ‘dwarf types’ seem to be the worst.
And over fertilization is a killer, try not to fertilise at all.
Ink disease is another problem. This is a disease that presents as dark spots, the plants them wilt and die.
Some growers cut right back after flowering, leave the cut foliage on the plant base until it dries, and then burn it, a ‘quick clean burn’ that last a minute, with no additional fuel load added.
Kangaroo Paws are available for sale from the following nurseries
507 Belgrave-Gembook Rd, Cockato, Victoria, 3781
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