Growing Callistemon – Callistemon (or Bottlebrush) is an glorious choice if we wish a ‘novelty’ plant, and it is also a good one to collect if we wish an easy-to-grow citation that blooms in summer. With their vibrant, fuzzy-looking flowerheads in summer, Callistemon are now recognizable plant. Callistemon are evergreen shrubs with aromatic, linear to lance-shaped leaves and bottlebrush-like spikes of flowers in that a prolonged charming stamens are prominent.
Callistemon is local to Australia mostly flourishing in wet dirt in open or woodland sites. It does not mind dry atmosphere – all it needs is a balmy spot, cold conditions in winter and a good shower in open and summer.
Callistemon citrinus will strech about 3 ft high and in summer a cylindrical flower-spikes seem – no petals, only yellow-tipped red stamens. Leaves bronzy when young.
Callistemon linearis is a bushy, medium-sized plant with linear leaves and red bottlebrush spikes adult to 12cm long. Leaves are savoury when crushed.
Callistemon pallidus (Lemon Bottlebrush) is an make or swelling evergreen shrub, 2-4m high, with countless slim branches. The immature shoots are dulcet or red and lonesome in silky hairs, as good as narrowly-elliptic, grey-green or dim green, leaves adult to 10cm long. Cream or dark yellow flowers, in semi-open ‘bottlebrush’ spikes 10cm long, seem from late open to midsummer, followed by woody fruit capsules that might insist for several years.
Secrets of success
Temperature: Average regard – minimum 45°F in winter.
Light: As most light as possible. Shade from prohibited sun.
Water: Water liberally from open to late fall. Water sparingly in winter.
Air humidity: Misting is not necessary.
Callistemon viridiflorus ‘Xera Compact’
Planting: Outdoors, Callistemon demeanour some-more gentle in shrubs or churned borders if compared with Mediterranean plants also possessing drought passive leaflet – these embody salvias, hebes, caryopteris and rosemary. They also look nice with decorated woody plants such as yucca, palms and tetrapanax.
Pruning: Prune in early open and mount a pot outdoor in summer.
Propagation: Take branch cuttings in spring. Use a rooting hormone and yield bottom heat. Sow seeds in spring.