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Kangaroo paws
Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

Emblematic of their native Western Australia, Kangaroo Paws are justly famous for their showy and interesting clusters of flowers which attract hummingbirds and other nectar-feeding birds. The many modern hybrids available are generally resistant to leaf diseases and make good drought-tolerant garden plants, as long as you give them good drainage and control snails and slugs. Plant sizes and flowering stem heights vary from dwarf to tall -- the tall ones in general make the most stunning show in the garden, and great cut-flowers too. Buy in bloom to get the flowers you want; look for brightly-colored tall varieties such as \'Big Red\' and \'Harmony\' (yellow) for the showiest display.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Protect

        Protect from heavy frost.

  • February
    • Water

        Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

    • Protect

        Protect from heavy frost.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

  • March
    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil, in an area with good air circulation.

    • Water

        Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

    • Prune

        Clean out dead foliage on older clumps. Cut back any damage on leaves.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use and control snails and slugs.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

    • Transplant

        Divide and transplant older, crowded clumps if necessary. Cut foliage back half-way when you do.

  • April
    • Buy

        Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower height you want. Look for healthy foliage and bright colors.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil, in an area with good air circulation.

    • Water

        Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

  • May
    • Buy

        Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower height you want. Look for healthy foliage and bright colors.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil, in an area with good air circulation.

    • Water

        Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

    • Prune

        Remove spent flower stalks to promote re-bloom.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

  • June
    • Buy

        Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower height you want. Look for healthy foliage and bright colors.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil, in an area with good air circulation.

    • Water

        Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

    • Prune

        Remove spent flower stalks to promote re-bloom.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use and control snails and slugs.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

  • July
    • Water

        Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

    • Prune

        Remove spent flower stalks to promote re-bloom.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

  • August
    • Water

        Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

    • Prune

        Remove spent flower stalks to promote re-bloom.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

  • September
    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil, in an area with good air circulation.

    • Water

        Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use and control snails and slugs.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

    • Transplant

        Divide and transplant older, crowded clumps if necessary. Cut foliage back half-way when you do.

  • October
    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil, in an area with good air circulation.

    • Water

        Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

  • November
    • Water

        Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

    • Protect

        Protect from heavy frost.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

  • December
    • Protect

        Protect from heavy frost.

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • Buy

            When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • April

              Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower height you want. Look for healthy foliage and bright colors.

            • May

              Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower height you want. Look for healthy foliage and bright colors.

            • June

              Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower height you want. Look for healthy foliage and bright colors.

          • Plant

            When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • March

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil, in an area with good air circulation.

            • April

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil, in an area with good air circulation.

            • May

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil, in an area with good air circulation.

            • June

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil, in an area with good air circulation.

            • September

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil, in an area with good air circulation.

            • October

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil, in an area with good air circulation.

          • Sow Seeds

            When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Fertilize

              When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Water

                Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • February

                  Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

                • March

                  Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

                • April

                  Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

                • May

                  Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

                • June

                  Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

                • July

                  Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

                • August

                  Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

                • September

                  Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

                • October

                  Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

                • November

                  Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.

              • Prune

                When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Clean out dead foliage on older clumps. Cut back any damage on leaves.

                • May

                  Remove spent flower stalks to promote re-bloom.

                • June

                  Remove spent flower stalks to promote re-bloom.

                • July

                  Remove spent flower stalks to promote re-bloom.

                • August

                  Remove spent flower stalks to promote re-bloom.

              • Mulch

                Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Mulch to conserve water use and control snails and slugs.

                • June

                  Mulch to conserve water use and control snails and slugs.

                • September

                  Mulch to conserve water use and control snails and slugs.

              • Protect

                When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • January

                  Protect from heavy frost.

                • February

                  Protect from heavy frost.

                • November

                  Protect from heavy frost.

                • December

                  Protect from heavy frost.

              • Pest/Disease Inspection

                What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • February

                  Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

                • March

                  Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

                • April

                  Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

                • May

                  Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

                • June

                  Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

                • July

                  Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

                • August

                  Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

                • September

                  Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

                • October

                  Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

                • November

                  Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for signs of ink disease, which makes parts of the leaves turn black on less-vigorous varieties.

              • Treat for Pest/Disease

                How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • February

                  Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

                • March

                  Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

                • April

                  Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

                • May

                  Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

                • June

                  Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

                • July

                  Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

                • August

                  Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

                • September

                  Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

                • October

                  Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

                • November

                  Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate. Remove damaged parts of foliage periodically if ink disease is a problem.

              • Transplant

                When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Divide and transplant older, crowded clumps if necessary. Cut foliage back half-way when you do.

                • September

                  Divide and transplant older, crowded clumps if necessary. Cut foliage back half-way when you do.

              • Propagate

                When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

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                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • Harvest

                  When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

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                  •  May
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                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • Special requirements

                    Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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