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Henderson, NV
Aug 16, 2017 10:24 PM CST
1) We have 7 Dwarf Bottlebrush plants that were severely cut by landscapers last year which didn't yet bloom this spring or summer. They are growing in awkward shapes (wild) and I would like to trim (shape) them, but am not sure where or how much on each branch I can hand cut to achieve shape desired. Don't want to cut off more than essential to ensure blooms in spring.
2) Also, what is best fertilizer to use and when. Our Temps have been above 110-118°F this summer. They were fertile last fall and again twice this spring when temperature were cooler to ensure branches returned and new growth on plants.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Aug 17, 2017 5:56 AM CST
The usual Spring-blooming shrub rule is not to prune late Summer but if you want to shape the growing stems you can wrap them mildly with wire and bend the wire to spread the stems for next year.

If you don't like the wire idea, you can put some tent stakes around and pull some stems in the direction that is pleasing.

Wide rubber or plastic attached to the tent stakes with twine) around the stems will not harm the bark in one season.
Henderson, NV
Aug 18, 2017 5:17 PM CST
Thank you
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Aug 18, 2017 5:35 PM CST
Bottlebrush usually should only be pruned after they have bloomed, too much nitrogen fertilizer will cause good growth on the foliage but can hinder bud and flower development. Less is more as far as fertilizer. Full sun is the key.
I had a hedge of bottlebrush in CA, quite frankly never did anything to them and they did great.(Full sun)
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