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I've bought a Kangeroo Paws plant- but know nothing about them,for outside?

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 05:37

There are lots of different sized Kangaroo Paws. While the original species were usually big tough things standing up to sun and heat there has been a lot of work done breeding smaller very attractively flowered plants for the garden. If this is what you have then pot cultivation should be relatively easy. I don't think they would survive outside in the UK winter but many do tolerate quite cold winters in South Eastern Australia. The thing I notice most about them here is that after flowering the leaves can look discoloured and scrappy. I don't know if this is a disease or a seasonal variation. A serious haircut will usually bring fresh attractive leaves back. They like very good drainage and a Australian Native Plant fertilizer would be very important. Osmacote are a reputable brand and you might be able to find the ingredients of their Native blend online. Generally low phosphorus and low nitrogen are important. 

There are people here who prune their well established big plants with a lawnmower!

Good luck. 

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