Growing Callistemon (Bottle Brush)

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The brilliant fuzzy red flowers of this popular shrub/small tree look like delicate bottle brushes, giving it its familiar name. This is a page about growing callistemon (bottle brush).


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November 27, 2011

I am making a brand new garden. Kind friends have donated plants and shrubs from their own labours. One friend has given me a callistemon which is about 18 inches high and similar in girth. I planted it in early October and it looks extremely healthy, but it is coming into flower now. I am mindful that the first hard frosts will be on us any minute and don't know whether to let nature take its course or whether I should remove the flower buds manually. If the frosts get to it, will it flower again at its normal period in midsummer 2012?

By David G


November 30, 20110 found this helpful

Bottle brushes originated in southern Western Australia however they are so hardy they grow just about anywhere I think. I live in Victoria, in the cold section of Australia. Our bottlebrushes are flowering now, so yours are in my time zone lol. Just let nature take it's course I would suggest. Bottle brushes don't need fertilising so just leave them to their own device.

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