Saturday, 22 October 2016

Callistemon Citrinus Myrtaceae Crimson Bottle Brush Indoor Plant Information

Although this attractive and unusual houseplant will grow well in normal room conditions, it is ideal for a greenhouse or sunroom, where it can be allowed to develop into a moderately large shrub. The flower spikes have no petals but consist of tightly packed, bright red stamens with yellow tips. 

Callistemon Citrinus Myrtaceae Crimson Bottle Brush Indoor Plant image


Callistemon Citrinus indoor house plant picture


These 4-in/10-cm spikes have the appearance of a particularly colorful bottle brush. Leaves are long, narrow, and pointed, giving the plant a rather spiky appearance.
Myrtaceae Crimson Bottle Brush Indoor Plant

Flowering occurs in summer; once it is over, move the plant outdoors into a sunny, sheltered location to help ripen the wood for good flowering the following season. Bring it back indoors when the nights start to become cold. Callistemons need a winter rest period, during which they should be kept cool and watered moderately.
Callistemon Citrinus indoor house plant pic
The brilliantly colorful, erect flower spikes are topped with a little tuft ofleaves.

A bright, sunny location is essential for good flowering. Soil-based medium suits this plant best. Be careful not to overwater, especially in fall and winter.
Callistemon Citrinus indoor house plant
FACT FILE

ORIGIN Australia.

HEIGHT To 4ft/1.2m. 

POTTING MIX Equal amounts of soil base, leaf mold, and coarse sand.
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REPOTTING In spring. Increase the size of pot until the plant is as large as you desire, then top-dress annually.
Callistemon Citrinus indoor house plant picture
PROPAGATION Sow seed in spring or take semiripe cuttings in early summer.

KEEPING PLANTS Cut back by about half immediately after flowering, to keep the plant compact.
Callistemon Citrinus indoor house plant image

Callistemon Citrinus Myrtaceae Crimson Bottle Brush Indoor PLANT CARE


  • Strong, bright light with several hours of direct sun. Normal room temperature; keep cool during the winter rest period, with a minimum temperature of 45°F/7°C. 
  • Keep the soil thoroughly moist in spring and summer; water moderately in winter. 
  • The plant prefers low humidity and good ventilation.Callistemon Citrinus Myrtaceae Crimson Bottle Brush Indoor Plant image potted

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