Callistemon citrinus 'Crimson Bottlebrush' -EDIBLES-Buy In Bulk-Seeds
** not available to WA, Tasmania or International buyers.
The Crimson Bottlebrush is a shrub from swampy areas of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. In cultivation, however, it may reach small-tree proportions if conditions are favourable. This bottle brush may flower twice a year if well watered. The main flowering season is from early November. Leaves are flat and stiff and growth is also stiff and dense, made more so by pruning which may be done after the spring flowering or in autumn in frost-free climates; an old specimen pruned for years forms a tough shrub with stringy lower bark. They grow to an average height of 3-4m. The bottle brush can be used for a large hedge trimmed hard, or trained for a small tree by keeping one stem and staking in early years. The woody seed capsules remain closed on the branches for years and open when taken off and placed in a warm place, such as a sunny windowsill. Seed is plentiful and young plants are easily raised this way.
This native plant is easy to obtain and may be planted in any position or soil including really wet conditions or by the sea. In some years the leaves are badly blemished by a tiny scale which causes a blistered appearance and some twisting. To control this, a spray of white oil and a sytemic insecticide can be applied. A repeat spray may be required in fourteen days.
"bottlebrush flowers have a sweet nectar which can either be consumed by sucking on the flowers or by soaking the flowers in water to make a sweet drink". Edible Information retrieved from "Edible OZ: Australian Bush Food" March 2020
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Very easy to grow - sprinkle the seed onto some soil in a pot, add moisture and a little warmth. Germination will take a few weeks.
*** note *** Callistemon are known to hybridise so easily that when growing from seed, you may get species you don't expect to get, no matter how particular you are with the seeds!
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