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Callistemon rigidus - Stiff Bottlebrush

Callistemon rigidus (Stiff Bottlebrush) seeds

£1.60

This magnificent evergreen Australian shrub is one of the hardiest of all Bottle Brushes, though it will need protection in severe winters or cold regions. Best planted in a sheltered position or fan trained against a south facing wall. This shrub has very narrow, sharply-toothed leaves and bears gorgeous, deep red bottle brushes with silky petals in late spring and early summer.

Hardy Shrub - hardy to about -5C.
Flowers: Late spring/early summer
Height: 2m
Position: Sun

Packet of 200 seeds

 


GROWING GUIDE

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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