Plant Care common red

common red

About common red

common red is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

common red likes soil that is well draining.

common red belongs to the melaleuca genus, and is native to Eastern and Southeastern Australia.


Melaleuca citrina

Also known as

common red, crimson, lemon bottlebrush, Callistemon citrinus and Callistemon citrinus.

How to care for common red


How often to water your common red

Water needs for common red
0.5 cups
every 9

common red needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of common red

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for common red in your home

Light needs and placement for plant common red: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

common red love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

common red does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of common red in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize common red

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for common red: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your common red after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

common red is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for common red

common red

common red

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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