bottlebrush - Knowledgebase Question

hull, uk
Question by richard50
June 8, 2006
I have had a bottlebrush bush for about 6 yrs now and it has flowered every year but this one. It is about 8 to 10 feet high and this year all the leaves have gone brown and are falling off. I have just noticed today that it has produced one very small shoot half way down. Do you no if this is normal or has it had its day? I hope not because we do realy enjoy it with its lovely flowers. yours BARRY.


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Answer from NGA
June 8, 2006

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Bottlebrush should live for more than 6 years so there must be something else going on with your plant. I'd suspect some root problems (too much or too little water or an overdose of fertilizer). You can prune your plant back to see if it responds with additional new growth, or you can dig it up and inspect the roots to see if they are still alive - snap a few in two to see what they look like inside (creamy white roots are healthy; rusty colored or brown roots are dead). If the roots look healthy, replant it and then prune it back a bit. If the roots look dead, your bottlebrush is a goner. Hope it's still alive!

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