Every 3 years, Kangaroo Paw plants (Anigozanthos
flavidus) can be dug up and divided.Doing this allows you to get free plants (Woo-Hoo!!) as wells as
healthier plants especially if you use these Australian natives in containers.The plant needs to have a root ball that is at
least 18 inches wide and deep to be ready for dividing.The best time to do this is January through March
here in San Diego.Here are the steps;
1)Pull the Kangaroo Paw from the pot or the
2)Trim all leaves, leaving only about 12
3)Lay the plant on its side.
4)Take a pointed shovel and drive it into
the side of the root ball (right into the middle).
5)Pry the root ball into 2 halves.
6)Repeat the process with the shovel so that
now you have 4 equal parts.
7)Plant each new Kangaroo Paw into a 5 gal
pot.The root ball should fill about
half of the pot.Fill the rest of the
pot with potting soil.A 5 gallon pot
works best because it will keep the water close to the roots of the new plant.
8)Put 5 Best-Paks in the pot, or any other
slow release fertilizer to slowly feed the new plant.
10)Place the pot in a part shade location while
the new roots grow. Water every other day unless it rains.
11)After 1 month, plant the Kangaroo Paw in the
ground or a bigger pot.