Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw) — care at home
Anigozanthos – flowering plant with flowers of strange shapes, like the legs of a kangaroo.
The plant has the buds appear elongated, as if covered with soft hair.
When the flower blossoms, the edges curving, divided into six unequal parts.
At home in Australia, it is called «kangaroo paw».
This exotic flower is decorated with the emblem of the state of Western Australia. The home anigozanthos guard, and collect it can only obtain a special license.
Flowers anigozanthos absolutely unique and in their uniqueness. But the plant is quite attractive and in between the blooms with its decorative: olive and light green leaves as plants of the family Gramineae.
As a houseplant, anigozanthos found application only in recent years. Widespread and popular he is and how he both cut culture.
Flowering period in anigozanthos is quite long, we need only time trim is already faded flower stems.
The species of this genus differ in flower color and size. The colors are different: red-crimson to yellow-orange and even greenish.
In countries with mild climate anigozanthos is grown as a perennial. In a cut flowers for a long time do not lose their freshness while in the water, so they are often decorated with various compositions.
Its original color and form of «kangaroo paws» to create a fantastic effect. In the dried flower of the plant is also perfectly stored and sold as Souvenirs.
Lighting and temperature
Like all succulents, anigozanthos like bright direct sunlight and significant temperature changes from 0°C in winter to +35°C in summer.
Humidity and watering
Perfectly transfers the air during the heating period. Summer watering should be abundant, but subject to the drying of the substrate, and, provided that the water does not fall on the leaves, and in winter is rare stopped.
Often transfers unwanted, they spend only when necessary. To move anigozanthos better in the spring, using light, water-permeable soil and not forgetting drainage.
When standing water may rot the roots. Transplant recommended ground sheet in a mixture of peat and sand.
Fertilize this houseplant in spring and summer. Winter feeding is stopped. Anigozanthos respond well to organic matter.
Reproduction of anigozanthos
It propagated by dividing the overgrown parent plant or by seeds. Seeds can be sown in any season, but preferably pre-soak them for 24 hours in warm water.
Seeds germinate at room temperature. After germination hold the picks in small pots. Flowering starts within a year.
During dormancy in winter, the plant is kept in a cool, bright room with no fertilizing and minimal watering.
Diseases and pests
May damage plants spider mites. In conditions of excessive moisture may appear black spots on the leaves.