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
. Here are the steps; San Diego
1) Pull the Kangaroo Paw from the pot or the ground.
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.
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.
9) Water immediately.
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.