Trees and shrubs

Callistemon: the famous bottle rinser


Callistemon is a small shrub, both original and very decorative.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Callistemon citrinus
Family : Myrtaceae
Type : Shrub

Height
: 1 to 3 m
Exposure : Sunny and partial shade
Ground : Ordinary

Foliage
: Persistent -Flowering : Summer

Maintenance, from planting to pruning, including watering, are all things that will help your callistemon develop properly.

Planting callistemon

The cultivation of calistemon is only possible in areas with a mild winter climate.

It is recommended plant callistemon after the last frosts, preferably in May.

  • The calistemon likes sunny situations
  • In slightly shaded situation, flowering is less abundant
  • It appreciates well-drained soils and especially fears stagnant water in winter

In the northern regions, prefer a pot culture of callistemin that you will protect from frost in winter.

Callistemon easily multiplies by cuttings.

Pruning and caring for callistemon

Callistemon size:

You can balance the tree in spring in a gentle way.

To keep the growth compact, cut the year-old shoots in half after flowering.

Summer remove the fruits in formation because they unnecessarily tire the plant and cut the withered stems.

Watering the callistemon:

The callistemon has need water at the start to promote rooting and recovery after planting

Once properly installed, callistemon tolerates drought but you can still water from time to time to promote flowering.

The potted callistemon should be watered regularly, as soon as the soil is dry on the surface.

To know about the callistemon citrinus

The look of this shrub at the generous and original flowering is wonderful. It is also called bottle rinser because of its flowers that look like it.

Native to Asia and south-eastern Australia, he prefers rather hot climates for growing in the ground, but will adapt perfectly to verandas and other glass roofs, in pots or containers.

You will be able stimulate flowering by regularly adding a liquid organic fertilizer, especially in houseplants where the soil will be more prone to impoverishment.

The name callistemon citrinus comes from the Greek and refers to the beauty of its stamens and the lemony scent of its flowers. (Photo © Ali Burçin Titizel)

Smart tip about callistemon

You should water regularly in summer, but not excessively, taking care to water in the evening to avoid evaporation.

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