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Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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klc
Feb 18, 2015 7:33 AM CST
Does anyone have experiance with this plant?? Would love info specifically for the "dwarf" plants. LOVE these but know that they are not hardy in my zone 6 area...was thinking of growing in a big pot in my future hummingbird/butterfly garden.

Would it be worth the effort to try it??


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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Feb 18, 2015 1:21 PM CST
Hi Kim,

I think it would be well worth it for your B'fly/Hummingbird garden! The hummingbirds especially love Bottlebrush blooms! I have the Weeping Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis) in my backyard and the hummingbirds are really attracted to those bright red flowers. I read that Callistemon subulatus is a shrub that's hardy to 10ºF so I'd think you could easily grow it as a container plant and move it indoors when temp's drop. Another dwarf variety that should be good for containers is Dwarf Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus 'Little John')
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Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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klc
Feb 18, 2015 7:08 PM CST
The "Little John" looks like a good choice too. I adore the Mimosa trees but they get WAY!!! too big and don't want to worry about them being invasive....

The bottlebushes seem like a good compromise....
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Feb 22, 2015 6:09 PM CST
I'd love to have some more plants but reached my quota for my room.
Name: Elfrieda
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orchidgal
Feb 23, 2015 8:43 AM CST
I have one in a very large pot, where it's been happy for about 5 years. One of these days I should get out as much "dirt" as possible and top dress it. It blooms constantly and I'm very fond of it.
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Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Orchids Region: Pennsylvania Birds Ferns Dog Lover
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klc
Feb 23, 2015 8:55 AM CST
TY Elfie!! Good to hear it would be happy in a pot.... Hurray!
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying

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