Kaka Beak - Named after New Zealand's native parrot

In early May this year I set 2 Kaka Beak seeds in my greenhouse which both germinated.

I've repotted them & they're 2 Ft high now.

There's side shoots from most leaf axils but no sign of flower buds. Do I pinch out the growing tips or just leave them?



  • Do you mean Clianthus puniceus ?

    If so, I grew from seed and if I remember correctly, they didn't flower the first season (maybe not even the second.....it was a long time ago ).

    I grew mine against a south west facing wall and didn't need to prune it other than after flowering to tidy it up a bit.  image

  • Hi Philippa.

    Just seen your reply and yes, it is a Clianthus puniceus.

    I'll leave them in the greenhouse over winter. Probably too much of a shock if I moved them out now. But will do next Spring.

    We live in Leicester. What part of the country do you live in?




  • Hello TeeCee............I live in Somerset but was actually living on the Somerset/Devon border when I had my Clianthus.  It was still going strong when I moved houseimage

    Are yours the red ones ?  I did have a white one once but I think they are even more tender than the red. Can't remember exactly what happened with that one......it was some 20 years ago. 

    Having also lived in Leicestershire, I think you are wise to wait until Spring.  Hope yours work out well.......they are beautiful plants.

  • Hi Philippa.

    Next spring I'll put one in our south facing border and cover it with fleece over winter.

    I'll repot the other one and put it on the patio. Then move it into the greenhouse over winter.

    Mine are red ones. The plant and flowers look impressive on the seed packet.

    Watch this space!!

  • Be interested to hear how they fare TeeCee...........I don't know of anyone else growing them.  Best of luck.image

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