How to Care for Crimson Glory Tea Tree Plants

Updated November 21, 2016

The crimson glory tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium "Crimson Glory") is an eye-catching plant with dark evergreen foliage and deep red, roselike double blooms. It grows up to 10 feet tall and approximately the same in diameter. It thrives in part sun and is tolerant of drought, salt spray and pollution. The crimson glory tea tree is native to New Zealand and prefers a warm climate, hardy only in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 12 through 14. In areas with harsh winter weather, it's grown as a patio or house plant.

Fill a growing container three-fourths of the way with potting soil. The container should be large enough to easily hold the root ball and needs at least one hole in the bottom for drainage.

Plant the crimson glory tea tree at its original depth.

Water until moisture drips through to the drainage tray. Pour off any water that collects in the tray before it is reabsorbed.

Place the container in a partially sunny location. Select a spot away from air vents if growing the plant indoors.

Water when the potting soil no longer sticks to your finger during the growing season. Water only when the soil feels completely dry during winter months.

Feed once each month with balanced liquid fertiliser from spring until fall.

Snip off faded flowers as necessary. Prune in mid-spring to eliminate broken or dead branches and to control the size of the crimson glory tea tree plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Growing container
  • Potting soil
  • Balanced liquid fertiliser
  • Pruning shears
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