Warratah Not Flowering Correctly

Question From: 
Jonny in  Curl Curl,  Sydney NSW


Nature of problem: 
I dont think it’s flowering crrectly


Type of Plant (if known): 
Waratah Shady Lady Crimson


Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself): 


Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type: 


How often do you water the plant:
Every couple of days


How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
2-3 but will get more in summer


What type of plant is it:


How long since you planted it:
6 weeks


Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
Blood and Bone when planting, now occasional seaweed via watering can


Is the plant indoors or outdoors: 


Is the plant in a pot or in the ground: 


What other treatments have you given the plant: 

Upload photo if available: 
Shady Lady.JPG

Other Comments: 
Hi – just keen to get your thoughts here. I am very excited to see how this plant grows but I think it might be flowering – but without the flower. The red leaves (which fell away to the sides) were replaced by longer green ones which I think will open, but I cant see how the traditional waratah plant will come out of this?


Answer: Hi Jonny, the red bits are floral bracts which are actually specialised leaves that usually surround the flowers. This young plant has changed its mind and committed to growth instead of flowering. Nothing to worry about.  Don