@Shephes I agree with @lisa868 the birds don't seem to pay much attention to it strangely! These plants are definitely on the increase in the UK and seem to do well in the cooler climate, although probably don't flower as long. Only about 3 weeks usually.
Hi @holyandme123 👋🏼 I'm afraid I don't have a lot of advice as my plants (I have 2, a full size and a dwarf variety) have always been trouble free and look after themselves! If you look through my history of images for this plant (slide the image left) you'll see I got some advice on pruning which worked well but I guess you are some way off needing to prune!
I am posting this for posterity! Having hacked about half of the growth out of my bottle brush bush I am worried for its future!! It does look so much better though. I just hope it flowers again! Fingers crossed... 🙏🏼
My Mum and Dad have one that seemed dead after a hard winter. We cut it back hard and it's been better than ever over the last two years since then. It's produced loads of flowers this summer and kept the bees happy for months.
Does anyone know much about pruning bottle brush trees? This one has become a monster over the years and now we can't grow anything in the veg plot underneath it. Its just finished flowering and i would love to take at least half of it away! Is now a good time and do you think it would cope with a heavy prune? Thank you GT friends!
@joanboston Thank you Joan that's great advice! You are right she is a beauty and over 30 years old now! Shame I have to prune her really but we don't have a big garden. So that's my gardening for the weekend sorted! Thanks again 🙏🏼 David
For the weekend??? Your having a laugh david 😂 also id like to add that the roots will have spread a long way so it nay be pointless having a veg patch near them as they will suck every drop of moisture and goodness in the soil?😟
That's a good point @linfoster and might explain why the veggies didn't do well the last few years. Hence we didn't bother this year. I have also been thinking about decking that area so i think that's my decision made! So that's Sunday's job sorted then 😂