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Seasonal observations of the Master Gardeners
by Kevin
on October 2, 2020 at 5:55 AM
Just happened across your post. Persistence is key with Australian plants. I live on the east coast of Australia and have observed that Callistemons predict the change between spring and summer and at that stage they ready new growth that is followed by prolific flowering. Their growth patterns can indicate the best times to plant seeds etc. So I'd assume that the microclimate you had moved your plant to allowed it to gauge the changing weather, encouraging flowering. Moist free draining soil is good, and hot weather too. Callistemons do well where summer is both hot and wet. Tip pruning after flowering can be good too as our wildlife do that for us here (wallabys, lorikeets, possums) and plants flower more the following year as a result. Best wishes and glad you are enjoying your Aussie plants.
by Karen Metz
on October 3, 2020 at 6:54 AM
Thank you, Kevin. I appreciate all the information!
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