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Question: We have tried several times to grow Antigozanthus's and have no luck. Currently we have one that has held on to its beautiful red and green flowers for the longest time but are now dying and so are the leaves. We have it in a vase that has pebbles at the bottom of the outer container and we have put in in a room that is bright but not next to the window. Why can't we grow these??? We have such luck with alot of house plants but some just boggle our minds, and this is one.

Answer: Anigozanthos, also called Cat's Claw or Kangaroo Paw, grows outdoors in full sunshine, in well draining soils. It can take desert summer heat and is hardy to about 25 degrees so you might have better luck planting it outdoors (and taking it inside if the weather drops below 25F in your winter garden). Indoors, the plant will grow slowly and require very little water so it's possible you are overwatering your plant. Try planting it in a mixture of regular potting soil and cactus mix (sandy and gravelly). Be sure to plant it in a pot with lots of drainage holes so the soil can drain quickly. It thrives in sunshine but will tolerate bright light so try moving yours a little closer to the window but don't set it in a place where it will receive direct sunlight (which can be magnified through a window). I really think it just needs to be potted in a quick draining soil and watered less often.

Hope this information is helpful!

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