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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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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Protect

    Protect from heavy frost.
    February
    1. Water

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

    Protect from heavy frost.
    3. 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.
    4. 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
    1. Plant

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

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

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

    Mulch to conserve water use and control snails and slugs.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. Transplant

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

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

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

    Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.
    4. 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.
    5. 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
    1. Buy

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

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

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

    Remove spent flower stalks to promote re-bloom.
    5. 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.
    6. 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
    1. Buy

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

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

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

    Remove spent flower stalks to promote re-bloom.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use and control snails and slugs.
    6. 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.
    7. 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
    1. Water

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

    Remove spent flower stalks to promote re-bloom.
    3. 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.
    4. 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
    1. Water

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

    Remove spent flower stalks to promote re-bloom.
    3. 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.
    4. 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
    1. Plant

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

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

    Mulch to conserve water use and control snails and slugs.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. Transplant

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

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

    Water established clumps regularly during dry periods -- once a week or less is fine.
    3. 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.
    4. 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
    1. Water

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

    Protect from heavy frost.
    3. 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.
    4. 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
    1. Protect

    Protect from heavy frost.
  • 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!

    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?

    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.

    Water

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

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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.

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