Quite surprising and partly ridiculous, but there are flowers, which many peoples compare to very bizarre things. For example, the Germans hold an association between the plant callistemon and a fireplace brush. Of course, such a comparison is very reasonable, since even the name was due to the appearance of this flower. In itself, this plant resembles a brush, due to the way its inflorescence looks, in the photo below you can see that this is indeed the case. In general, the name Callistemon comes from Greek, in which kallis stemon means “beautiful stamen”. Thus, this wonderful flower from 1789, after being brought by the English naturalist Joseph Bansky to the Royal Botanic Gardens, gained quite a lot of popularity around the world. It is used as a home plant, and for decorating landscape design. The very first specimen that botanists saw was the flower of Callistemon citrinus (Callistemon citrinus). Callistemon flowers at home are easy to care for and easy to propagate by growing from seed. Today, let's talk about this wonderful plant, which is in great demand even in Russia and consider its popular varieties of lemon, beautiful and prutovidny in the photo:
As mentioned earlier, lemon callistemon was brought by a famous English naturalist from Australia. Due to its homeland, the plant has a fairly good resistance to dryness, which is a rather pleasant characteristic for gardeners. In fact, this plant is not particularly capricious, but in order for it to bloom in the summer sandy and light soil is necessary. We'll talk about this a little later, but for now let's see what kind of plant in front of us is in the photo and what kinds of it are most common at the moment.
Popular types of callistemon: lemon, beautiful and prutovidny (with photo)
Certain types of callistemon in Russia have gained quite a lot of popularity, namely, we are talking about such species as lemon, beautiful and prutovidny. About these three plants, let's talk a little more, because as you can see in the photo below - they deserve it. Popular species can be used in interior gardening:
First of all, I want to say about lemon callistemon - it is a very beautiful flowering tree or shrub. It acquired such a name due to the fact that it exudes a very light and pleasant lemon scent. This plant is very easy to grow from seed at home, which is why it has become quite widespread when creating the landscape design of some gardens. But, it is worth noting that this evergreen tree should be taken into the house for the winter, as it is not resistant to our frost. But, since it can reach 3 meters in height, from the very "youth" of lemon callistemon it is necessary to follow and pinch it, as well as shorten the branches to form a neat, compact bush, as shown in the photo below.
Another unique representative of these evergreen trees, which are not badly taken root at home - this callistemon is beautiful, it can often be seen in the gardens. You can bring it out of the seed, from which grows the unique beauty of 4-meter tree. Its name, which speaks for itself, is due to the fact that it has quite large and very “fluffy” inflorescences that can reach up to 10 cm in length, having spikes relative to the branches. You can see the flowering callistemona beautiful at the hottest time of the year - in July and August. Believe me, it is worth it, because even in the photo the view “beautiful” looks great.
Another plant that can be easily grown from seed at home is callisteum, which looks even more beautiful than those mentioned above. It is also often called gardeners woven. With a lot of famous and very interesting varieties - this plant is quite common in tropical and subtropical zones. There is still just a huge number of different types of this original exotic plant, which will easily take root at home with proper care, on their photo you can see below.
Callistemon Culture Description
The spread of this tree in Russia provoked a huge interest in him, therefore, before trying to grow it at home, you should know what kind of culture it is. Let's read a small description that will help to put everything in “shelves”. The plant callistemon can be observed both in the tree and shrub forms, often gardeners call it the "redbag" - this name is due to the unusual shape of the inflorescence. This tree is blooming very beautifully with red "brushes" that form at the ends of the branches. Usually, this plant is not quite high, but it is the bright stamens that make it attractive to gardeners and landscape designers. Often, you can see a callistemon with unusual red, pink flowers, as well as a plant with inflorescences of lemon and pale yellow.
As for the height of the plant, it is usually not more than 15 meters, but it depends on the species, some of them do not exceed the 0,5 meter. A rather original characteristic of this tree is that it has very sharp leaves, alternately reaching and having a rather leathery and hard base.
Callistemon has fruits that may be in the form of a box. But, most often you can see spherical or ovoid. Being a cross-pollinated plant, it is mainly pollinated by birds.
Most often, callistemon can be seen in his homeland - in Australia, but they also took off in New Caledonia as well. Some Russian gardeners have contrived and even managed to plant these plants in their gardens, creating a moist, light soil for them, consisting in a larger percentage of sand.
Such callistemon as Lemon, Beautiful, and Dodger, which can be seen more closely in the photo below, have become widespread in Russia.
How to grow a callistemon from seeds at home
This is an unusual exotic plant, with proper care and planting with skilled hands, it is quite possible to grow at home. How to do it? There are several ways, but the most common is the cultivation of callistemon from seeds, especially since they are sold in specialized stores freely available at a reasonable price. In the photo with packs it is quite possible to see that this plant can please its originals with its unique and unique beauty.
Already with the purchase of seeds, it is quite possible to get a grasp of the instructions, from which it is clear that quite an easy job awaits. The future plant needs to be sown on the surface of wet soil and a mini-poultry house created for it, for example, from a can or half of a plastic bottle. After the seedlings appear, they must be transplanted into separate containers so that they do not interfere with each other during growth. Prepare yourself to be patient, as the callistemon grows for a long time. In the spring, the plant can be transplanted into a larger pot and use a light substrate.
Be sure to do drainage, as the callistemon does not like stagnation in the soil, although it will have to be watered quite often. Also, avoid drafts and more light for a future pet!
Callistemon care at home
At home, the callistemon will delight with its presence if you know some rules and our tips on caring for it. Quite often, the hostesses notice behind this tree that, depending on the time of year, it can be quite picky. Care requires special knowledge, and this is understandable, because it comes from Australia and is not accustomed to our harsh winters. So, first of all, make sure that it does not stand in a draft and no matter what type it is, even if it is lemon, even if it is beautiful. If you properly care for your plant, it will definitely be as beautiful as in the photo below.
Another not very favorable circumstance faced by self-taught botanists during the winter is a quick darkening outside, and the callistemon loves light very much. This "Australian" is so picky in this matter that he simply does not want to please his owner with a beautiful color if he does not take care of the required amount of lighting.
Since callistemon is a dry-resistant plant, it can be watered quite rarely, even in winter. But, you need to make sure that it does not remain in the fully dried soil. Organic matter or complex fertilizers are perfect for feeding, but you should not be zealous with them, otherwise the leaves will disappear from the plant. Also, at the expense of watering is to say that it is better to pour water in a cool mode very moderately, especially if there is a threat of frost.
After the callistemon grows up a little, it can be easily transplanted to the garden, as it loves the air very much, but it is better to spend the winter at home. This tree can blossom on 3 or 4 the year of its life, and what color of the inflorescence will be - depends on its type. If you want the plant to please more than one season, it is necessary to pinch it, otherwise it can grow so that it will have nowhere to store in winter. Do this as soon as the tree reaches 20-30 cm and spring branches shorten.