Kangaroo Hill is situated in the Pyrenees Ranges of Central Victoria and grows cut flowers both native and.......Small amounts of honey are also produced........
Kangaroo Hill was purchased as a environmental and conservation project in 1996. Ten acres was fenced off for the production of cut flowers in 2007. Since the first plantings, over 2500 flowering and foliage plants have been planted with an aim to reach 10000 over the next 5 years. Since planting the first of the King Protea in 2007, forgoing the sheep and vineyards for which the Pyrenees is known, we are steadily building the business up and hope to be cutting over 10000 stems in the coming years.
Farm News 2017-2018-19
Severe frosts at beginning of July 2017 damaged large sections of that years crop, with -5 degrees over several days affecting all the whites and burning the majority of crop. All early Geraldton Wax was lost. Going forward we are looking at covering certain sections of farm against birds and frosts. A harsh summer at the beginning of 2018 and dry-cold start to winter have again put stress on many of the plants but most have survived. Our nursery is going well and we have planted out as of July 2018 another 500 mixed plants with another 500 to be put in over the spring period. 2019 After several years of low rainfall 2019 started in a similar fashion with no major rain until late May. Regular rain through June, July and August has seen approximately 300mm fall. Water run off has been steady with two newly cleaned out dams nearly full. Managing the farm through this extended dry and hot period has been difficult with some loss of stock. Water ran very low which has benefits as dams where able to be cleaned out. After 12 years we have only just begun to get an understanding of what grows well here and what micro climates are needed to negate frosts etc. Covering trials on some of the earlier flowering proteas, especially the whites have started with good outcomes thus far. Many of the Protea, Leucadendron and Leucospermum are reaching ten to twelve years of age and some will need replacing. Flower production will be down this year due to drought. Looking ahead, this good winter rain will put the sub-soil moisture back and put good growth on this spring. The Pink and White Cynaroides have minimal flowers this season, a flow on affect from drought maybe? Small amounts of flowers have been going out every week and hopefully with some warmer weather season should really get going in September.
Our aim is to produce quality honey and cut flowers for the wholesale and retail markets while practicing sustainable farming methods without the use of chemicals or pesticides.