Western Bottlebrush is versatile, enjoying a range of positions. Suitable for denser plantings and will perform well in full sun or light shade.
Western Bottlebrush is ideally placed at the back of your garden bed.
When to Plant and Watering
Excellent screening plant. Plant young seedlings in Djeran (mid-Autumn) prior to the Makuru rains (Winter). Avoid planting in the hottest times of the year.
Seedlings should be watered twice a week over their first summer in the garden. It is important to ensure water penetrates down into the root-zone.
We recommend using a soil wetting agent as Perth soils are often ‘water repellent’, or do not absorb water effectively.
A layer of composted, coarse mulch can help in getting your garden started. It will help by reducing water loss and suppressing the growth of weeds.
Western Bottlebrush are waterwise, drought-hardy plants and do not require supplementary water once established.
Western Bottlebrush should be grouped with other waterwise, drought-hardy plants.
Feeding and Soil Care
Western Bottlebrush don’t need fertiliser because they are adapted to grow in our local soils, which are typically low in nutrients.
Plants will benefit from adding some vegetable-based compost (avoid those with manure) into the soil at planting.
As your garden develops, practice ‘cut and drop’ when you prune your plants. The leaf and branch material that falls to the ground slowly breaks down over time, releasing nutrients to help your garden to grow.
How to Prune
Western Bottlebrush can be maintained to their desired shape with regular tip-pruning.
Pluck the top couple of centimetres of the plant’s growing tips by hand once or twice a year.
If necessary use pruning shears, but avoid cutting down to the hard woody stems.
Western Bottlebrush can be pruned back hard to correct its form or rejuvenate it.
Up to a third of its foliage can be removed using pruning shears or secateurs.
Woody branches can be removed at their base using a set of loppers or a sharp pruning saw.
This provides habitat for Invertebrates, Birds, Reptiles, Frogs, and Mammals