Top Questions About Kangaroo Paw Plants

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Questions About Kangaroo Paw Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
February 17, 2014

Q. Sandy Soil

I just purchased and repotted a Kangaroo Paw. It says that they require sandy soil. I use potting soil. Can I just add sand to my potting soil?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 16, 2014
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The main thing is that it is well draining, which is what sand typically helps with. So yes, you can mix in some sand with your potting soil and it should be fine.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 5, 2015

Q. kangaroo paw

Will the kangaroo paw plant be okay in a self-watering flower pot?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 8, 2015
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Most resources say watering depends on the variety of Kangaroo Paw that you have, as some types are more drought tolerant than others. That being said, the majority seem to agree that these plants should be kept somewhat on the dry side, then giving it a good soaking (make sure it has good drainage) and allowing it to dry out some between waterings. Generally, self-watering pots keep the soil more moist (at least in my opinion), so I wouldn't use one for this particular plant BUT that does not mean you cannot. It's really up to you. As long as you keep an eye on the plant and ensure that the soil does not remain too wet, it should be ok.

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Asked by
dflyer on
December 12, 2015
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Q. kangaroo paws

Read your article about Kangaroo paws. Have checked area around Tucson and online but cannot find plant available! Any suggestions? Thanks.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
December 14, 2015
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Do a Google search for 'kangaroo paws in AZ'. I was able to find several sources that you could purchase from when they are in season.

Also you can try Ebay. They can be a good source of more unusual plants.
Make sure you verify the sellers ratings.

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Asked by
Macx0 on
April 1, 2016
San Diego, CA 92124

Q. Kangaroo paws

Can you tell me a good source for kangaroo paws? I want one where I can get a specific name or color.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 3, 2016
Certified Expert
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A Google search can locate sources for you that should be able to ship directly to you.

Ebay is also a great source for plants and seeds that may not be as easy to locate locally.

Here is an article with growing information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/kangaroo-paws/kangaroo-paws-houseplant.htm

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Asked by
Texas red on
May 15, 2016
Texas76106

Q. Kangaroo paw plant

Kangaroo paw was doing great but was too big for the pot so divided into two pots four weeks ago. Plants look like they are dying now. What’s wrong?

Answered by
kh0001 on
May 16, 2016
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Kangaroo paws prefer slightly acidic soil, so you'll want to ensure that not only was the original soil divided evenly between the two plants but that any new mix matches the the composition of what the plant originally thrived in (in other words, make sure the new soil is as close to the original soil makeup as possible). If you relocated the two plants to a different location with different sunlight situations, that could be stressing it out as well. If you have a drought-tolerant variety and you gave it a healthy drink of water after you split it (when it's not used to that much water), it may have thrown it into a bit of shock. If that's the case, let it dry out just a bit (and make sure it's not getting sunburnt) and wait. It should recover, even if very slowly. Make sure the soil, sun and water situations aren't too drastically different from what they were before you split the plant and check it for pests such as spider mites. Here are some articles that may help you:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/kangaroo-paws/kangaroo-paws-houseplant.htm

and

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/spider-mite-treatment.htm

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Asked by
Sbfish1 on
June 6, 2016
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Q. Kangaroo paws

Where do cut the old flowers to encourage new ones?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 7, 2016
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Asked by
monaglatfelter on
February 24, 2017
Chino Hills CA [email protected]

Q. How to cut back a kangaroo paw plant

I need to know how to cut back a kangaroo paw plant when the flowers are dying. Not sure how but did cut outs back in the fall and the flowers came back. The stems were longer and the flowers were brilliant. So I would love to hear back about your advice. Thank you Mona

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Downtoearthdigs on
February 24, 2017
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