The bottlebrush tree, or Callistemon rigidus, is a small but beautiful evergreen tree. Native to Australia, it favours a warm climate with moist soil. It is relatively easy to grow and care for.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Locate a plot of soil that is moist but well-drained and is neutral or slightly acidic. It must also be in a location that has full access to sunlight, as the bottlebrush tree requires full sunlight.
Dig a hole in the soil. Place the bottlebrush tree in the hole until its roots are fully underground. Replace the soil that you dug out and fill the hole. Pack the soil lightly.
In the summer and spring months, water the tree freely. In the winter, however, keep the tree relatively dry so that excessive frost does not develop.
Give the tree a treatment of balanced liquid fertiliser every month.
Tips and warnings
- Do not plant the bottlebrush tree in a climate that reaches below freezing levels frequently or for long periods of time. The tree does best in a warmer climate.
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