Plant Care Crimson Bottlebrush

Crimson Bottlebrush

About Crimson Bottlebrush

Crimson Bottlebrush 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.

Crimson Bottlebrush likes soil that is well draining.

Crimson Bottlebrush 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 Crimson Bottlebrush


How often to water your Crimson Bottlebrush

Water needs for Crimson Bottlebrush
0.5 cups
every 9

Crimson Bottlebrush 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 Crimson Bottlebrush

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Crimson Bottlebrush in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Crimson Bottlebrush: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Crimson Bottlebrush love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Crimson Bottlebrush does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Crimson Bottlebrush

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Crimson Bottlebrush: 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 Crimson Bottlebrush after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Crimson Bottlebrush 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 Crimson Bottlebrush

Crimson Bottlebrush

Crimson Bottlebrush

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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