The Q&A Archives: Feeding And Care Of The Bottlebrush Plant

Question: What do I do with the red bottlebrush plant after it has finished flowering? Am I supposed to cut off the spent flowers? Also, does it flower once or several times? How tall will it grow?

Answer: Callistemon, the bottlebrush, is a fast growing shrub, 10'-15' tall and wide at maturity. Very little routine pruning is required, but bottlebrush can be sheared into a hedge shape if desired. The flowers are highly attractive to hummingbirds. Once the flowers fade, attractive woody capsules develop. It isn't necessary to cut away spent flowers, but you may if you wish. Bottlebrush flowers just once a year. You may fertilize your shrub in the spring with an all-purpose fertilizer. Water regularly during the first few growing seasons. Once established, your bottlebrush will be happy with regular water only during the hottest months of the year.

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by Marilyn and is called "Southern Comfort"