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Callistemon citrinus (Crimson Bottlebrush) seeds - RP Seeds

Callistemon citrinus (Crimson Bottlebrush) seeds


Perhaps the most well known of all the Australian Bottlebrushes, the Crimson Bottlebrush is a popular, evergreen shrub with lovely pinkish young foliage, stunning bright red flowers and unique knobbly seedpods.  Will do best in a sheltered, sunny spot out of strong winds.  Can be left as a shrub or  trained as a standard, planted in the garden or container grown. 

Hardy Shrub - (to -8C)
Flowers: Summer
Height: 4m, Spread: 3m
Position: Full sun in moist, well-drained soil. 

Packet of 100 seeds



Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year.  Sow onto the surface of a moist, free-draining peat based seed compost (eg. Levington). Do not cover seed and do not exclude light which is beneficial to germination. Propagate at 13 to 18C in a propagator, greenhouse or on a windowsill indoors sealed in a polythene bag. Germination should begin to take place in 14 to 60 days. As soon as some of the seedlings begin to emerge, ventilate gradually, maintain a temperature of around 13C and take care not to over-water.

Growing Instructions: Grow the seedlings on, shaded lightly from direct sunlight and when large enough to handle, pot up individually into 8 or 9cm pots. When large enough, plant out into well-drained soil in a sunny position. Young plants will need protection from frost for the first few winters. If planted outside, wrap in fleece and if in pots, move to a cold, well-ventilated greenhouse.

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