- The plant can stand desert heat
- The plant can withstand a little frost
- Kangaroo Paws detest wet feet and should be tried first in a container, raised off the ground for better drainage
- Cut leaves and flowering stems back as necessary
- Intelligent neglect is recommended
It is a curious statement about my garden soil that I added some of our gravelly top soil to the potting mix I was using. I wanted to ensure good drainage. My soil here seems to be a mix of clay and sand, and I find that clay plus sand does not equal garden loam! In fact, the topsoil near the house is layered: gravel and sand on top, heavier soil beneath. So I scraped up the gravelly bits and added this to the good moisture-retentive potting soil!
I put the plant in and clipped back the dying leaf sections, having read about a major Australian hybridizer cutting the leaves back drastically - sometimes even with a tractor! I cut back the old flowering stems. The results were a spindly little plant that still had a lot of good green growth in the center. Anigozanthos forms little fans of leaves from the base. This one still has several young fans in perfectly good condition.
So a big thank you to Elizabeth and Frank for their advice - so far all is well with the Kangaroo Paws!