Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moist, well-drained, neutral to acid soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: April to August
- Flowers: red
- Hardiness: half hardy (will need winter protection)
Splendid crimson-red flowerspikes are borne in profusion, putting on an impressive display in spring and summer. An eye-catching specimen for a sunny shrub border, the new foliage emerges with a pinkish-red flush, but turn dark green with age. In frost prone areas it's best to grow them in a container so it can be overwintered in a cool greenhouse or conservatory. The leaves will release a delicious lemon scent when crushed.
- Garden care: Tip prune young plants to encourage bushy growth. Established plants should be pruned in stages over two or three summers, cutting back older wood to younger, outward-facing shoots immediately after flowering.
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I have a sickly bottle-brush (CCS) and wondered what to do next. I bought it last summer, it was flowering and then shed its flower within the month. It is in a medium-large container. It has been in a sheltered corner of a small north-west facing garden over the winter.
In early January it became frost damaged. We pruned the dead off when the weather improved, but of course it has been very cold since then. I was concerned so have brought it into my office (heated - but not warm, ceramic tiles which it sits on). The leaves are curled, although there is some fresh green still around. It seems to be dying however.
Any advice? Should I put it back outside, keep it inside or something else? I would be so grateful for your assistance. My son and I love your products so would really like your help.Asked on 18/3/2013 by SadSplendens from Brentwood
These sun-loving plants are only half hardy so will need winter protection. Ideally they should be overwintered in a frost free position or cool greenhouse, so neither a partially shaded garden or office sound ideal. Hopefully now the weather is improving, you should see an improvement in the plant too (provided it is still alive).
It can be moved back outside to a sunny spot, although it should be covered with frost fleece if the temperatures really drop. You can slowly start to increase the watering and cut back the dead bits in mid spring. During the growing season, you can feed it with a general purpose fertiliser such as MiracleGro.Answered on 18/3/2013 by Anonymous
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