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Kangaroo paw

Stephanie Ayres stephanie.ayres at studentmail.newcastle.edu.au
Thu Dec 14 08:25:22 EST 2000

All Kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos) perform best in a sunny open, well drained
position, although in the wild (south-west Western Australia) some are in
water in winter (eg Anigozanthos viridis). In the wild they have to cope
with dry hot summers and hate humidity. They are not suited to indoor
culture. But if you must persist growing it indoors, make sure it gets as
much full sun as possible, (shade will be very detrimental), and keep doors
and windows near it open as much as possible. Also the hardiest Kangaroo
paws are the large varieties of Anigozanthos flavidus and hybrids of this
species:- they grow in gardens on the east coast of Australia which has a
humid climate. Most other species struggle on the Australian east coast,
especially Anigozanthos manglesii. Also all species benefit from severe
trimming in spring (some people mow them in the garden bed), and taking them
out of the ground/pott every couple of years and dividing is beneficial.
Potted plants should definately be divided and repotted every couple of
years, butt, again, they are better off out of a pott, and in full, dry sun
shine. These plants can be hardy, but only in a dry, ie not humid,
environment!!! Anigozanthos flavidus has proved to be hardy in full sun on
the humid east coast of Australia. To the original author of this article,
where are you from and what is your max/min temps, and climate!!

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