During the winter months we can cover a portion of the soil near the roots with dry leaves or other mulch tissue; in this manner we will protect the plant from the harsh climate. For a balanced development, it is best to position the The Bottlebrush in a place where it is exposed to at least a few hours of direct sunlight.The Bottlebrush usually doesn't have temperature problems during this time of year, because it can bear freezings although not too intense ones.
Letís remember to fertilize our shrubs often; we can fertilize enriching our soil with manure, at the end of the winter; or we can give it a fertilizer for flowering plants, every 20-25 days, when watering. If the shrubs are large or cover a large area, we can use a slow release granular fertilizer, to be used every 3-4 months. In the spring letís favour fertilizers rich in nitrogen and potassium, to favour the development of a new vegetation and of flowerings.
The development of these plants is columnar, they grow aiming high with a scarce lateral development. The Bottlebrush develops like a shrub. This plant in the summer assumes a red colouring; it is medium in size and can reach 2 m high. It keeps its leaves in the winter.
We suggest watering these plants only from time to time, but we must remember to wet the soil deeply using 1-2 buckets of water every 2-3 weeks . Concerning those specimens grown in vases, let's remember that usually they need more watering, compared to the same shrubs placed in the ground. Moreover, they are often more sensible to temperatures, either very high or very low, and to radical apparatus diseases.
The spring weather, with a high temperature swing between the day and night hours, and pretty frequent rains, can favour the development of fungus diseases, which should be treated pre-emptively with a systemic fungicide, to use before the gems grow excessively; at the end of the winter we also suggest a wide range insecticide to prevent the attack of aphids and cochineals. We should always remember to do these treatments when there aren't flowerings in the garden.
These shrubs favour a soft and deep, but well drained soil.
There aren't any notes. The indications given in this article are related to a medium size plant.