PBR Name: Rambonight
The much-adored black kangaroo paw bears elegant black and lime green flowers that are stunning and quite unique to the plant world. This premium variety is a great choice for up-market floral arrangements. Can last several years given ideal growing conditions.
Height to 1.2m
Width to ~80cm
Planting: There are two essentials to remember when planting Macropidia. Firstly, plant in perfectly drained soil and, secondly, position the plant in full sun but avoid planting in frost-prone or high humidity areas! If planting into a pot, use a potting mix suitable for native plants that complies with Australian Standards. Mulching is suggested but keep the crown of the plant clear.
Watering: Although considered drought tolerant, water Midnight during extended dry periods. The plant will definitely perform better if it is given more water during hot weather or when it is in full flower or budding up. Be aware not to over-water though, as this could cause crown or root rot. Try to keep the foliage dry —use of drippers would be ideal. The fuss is worth it!
Fertiliser: Provide a feed of controlled release fertiliser suitable for native plants in early spring. Feed again in autumn, if deemed necessary.
Pruning: Remove any blackened older leaves and cut back spent flowering stems at the base of the plant. If buds are still forming on the branch, only cut back to just above that point. Best time to do this is in autumn (after flowering). New foliage and flowering stems will emerge in spring from the plant’s underground rhizomes.
Pests and Diseases: Leaf blackening is the result of cell death and can be caused by frost, excessive humidity, water stress, waterlogging, nutritional imbalances, chemical damage and by two important plant pathogens; Puccinia haemodori (which causes rust disease) and Alternaria (which causes ink spot disease). Watch for slugs, snails and caterpillars. If you see a problem that is not responding to common treatments, see your specialist plant retailer for advice on the right product.
You can print this information by opening the attached information sheet below.
|Position||Full Sun, Full Sun/Part Shade|
|Use||Cut Flower, Garden, Native, Pots & Tubs|
|Unauthorised commercial propagation or any sale, conditioning, export, import or stocking of propagating material of this variety is an infingement under the Plant Breeders Rights Act, 1994.|
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