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Hi
I recently bought a 4ft 'bottlebrush' shrub in full bloom but now the red pins are falling out and the colour is fading. Do I dead-head whatever is left from the blooms or do a I leave them? Any advice is most welcome as I am a "budding" amateur although desperate to be a professional gardener! Thank you .....Sue

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  • Posted: Sun. 1st June 2014 09:40

Re: Callistemon Splendens/bottlebrush

Reply from Carol

I think I've usually left mine because the 'seedheads' are quite an interesting shape in themselves. But the generally theory of gardening says we should deadhead in order that a plant, especially a new one, puts the energy into its body and roots instead of into seeds.

  • Posted: Sun. 1st June 2014 13:46

Re: Re: Callistemon Splendens/bottlebrush

Reply from Sue Ashton

Thanks for your response Carol - maybe I'll try both options ie deadhead some of the dying blooms and keep the seed-heads visible on others.
Thank you
Sue

  • Posted: Sun. 1st June 2014 14:50