Real World Gardener Red Rocket Bottlebrush in Plant of the Week

June 21st, 2018


Callistemon x citrinus "Red Rocket"

Bottlebrush "Red Rocket"

Segment produced and presented by Lewis Beere and Hugh Mandalidis.




Callistemon Red Rocket has bright red new growth and only grows to 1.5 metres high and 1.5 metres wide.

Perfect for pots and low borders. Like all Callistemons, they suit sun or part shade and cope with all types of soils.

Once established, (give it at least a year), it will tolerate dry conditions and light frost.

Bottlebrushes are also not bothered by too many pests and diseases.


If you are after low maintenance then this is one of those plants.


Start of fertilising it with a slow release low phosphorus fertiliser to help first establish the plant. 


Although it can cope without too much fertiliser, if you want lush foliage, it's best to follow up with the occasional reapplication of fertiliser.


Mulching around the base of the plant will help retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Plant Breeder: Ian Shimmen



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