Ptilotus Joey

Category: Ptilotus

Ptilotus exaltatus

Captivating spires of large, feathery, off-white flowers appear in spring and are highlighted with neon-pinky/purple tips. A short-lived plant that loves dry, arid conditions. Winner of the prestigious 'Glass Tulip' of FloraHolland in 2012 as the best bedding plant.

Height to 60cm

Width to 30cm

Planting
Plant in a sunny position in well drained soil. If planting in a pot, use a quality potting mix suitable for Australian native plants. Always look for the Australian Standards mark. Joey looks great when planted en masse.
Watering
Remembering their origins, it’s not surprising that too much water could be a problem. So, the most important thing is to avoid is over-watering the plant. Overhead watering, which obviously wets the flowers and foliage, may encourage unsightly fungal or algal growth. Allow plants to adequately dry out between waterings. Use of a drip line or allowing the plant to take up water from a saucer is recommended.
Fertiliser
To keep the plant at its best, use a complete and balanced native (low phosphorus) fertiliser in either liquid or granule form.
Pruning
Best treated as an annual or short lived perennial. Remove spent flower heads to encourage repeat flowering. The flowers are well suited for cut flower use and really jazz up a bouquet.
Pests and Diseases
Joey Ptilotus is relatively free from pests and diseases. Fungal diseases associated with over watering can be a problem. As always, if you see a problem that you can’t remedy and need advice, see your specialist plant retailer for more information.

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Tolerances Salt Tolerant (Coastal), Drought Tolerant, Light Frost Tolerant
Position Full Sun
Use Cut Flower, Native, Pots & Tubs

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