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|Positive ||saskboy ||On Jan 25, 2013, saskboy from Regina, SK (Zone 3b) wrote:
tried this for the first time in 2012. started out slowly but reallly took off by july 1. Everyone who passed by had to stop and ask what it was, its so unique. The bottlebrush flowers are a gorgeous shade of smokey lilac, and were extremely profuse; one plant completely filled out the centre of a 20" pot. It bloomed non stop from late june to late september and topped out at about 16 inches high and the same wide.It was located where it got full sun for 12 hours daily. I placed it in the centre of the pot and ringed it with dark blue wave petunias, and silver helichrysum vines. it was a total knockout!
for the best success with Joey, place it in FULL sun, and do not overwater. Fertilize very sparingly , if at all.
|Neutral ||nogreenthumb48 ||On Jan 11, 2013, nogreenthumb48 from Glendale, AZ wrote:
I bought this plant at my local Safeway floral dept. Many people brought it back saying it died. I kept mine and the blooms stayed all summer. Just recently clipped them off because of new blooms growing. I have it potted in a plant in my kitchen window. It is a south facing window. The leaves dried up and fell off but the blooms stayed. I was patient and watered it when I remembered. (I do the same thing with my Antherium). It started to bloom new leaves and I have noticed new little baby tails. Can't wait to see how it does.
|Positive ||runem ||On Nov 23, 2012, runem from Sydney
Hello, this is an Australian native plant. I live in Sydney Australia and have had my eye out for one for a long time. Finally found it at the nursery yesterday.
It is a strange plant, in that it grows almost everywhere in Australia (the west, north, east and central south - but not where it gets too cold), though I've never seen one in the wild.
It likes well drained soil, which means it should be happy with little or no water. I have a garden full of native Australian plants, and aside from watering them to help them establish, I never water again. I've also had a couple of tons of native soil shipped in to my garden, this is mostly black sand with a little bark and leaf matter - so it's not particularly nutritious and doesn't hold water. I never feed my native plants.
They grow in a position where they get full sun all morning and most of the afternoon (in the Southern Hemisphere that means they face north).
I wouldn't plant this shrub in a pot with other plants that require a lot of water or a lot of feeding. This plant, and others like it, will thrive when set up properly and ignored.
The range and beauty of low water use Australian native plants is extensive. And if you were to see the conditions in which some of them thrive you would be stunned, and excited, by the delicate and complex flowers they can produce.
Of course, if you don't live in Australia you might be best to plant things native to the country where you live and, surprisingly, end up with the most exotic of gardens.
|Negative ||floridaheat ||On Feb 27, 2012, floridaheat from Miami Dade, FL (Zone 11) wrote:
I have tried and tried from seed and can't get it to grow.
It is the cutest thing, wish I could get it in my garden...oh well can't have them all, but we can sure try!!
|Positive ||Beachlady868 ||On Aug 19, 2011, Beachlady868 from Lincoln City, OR wrote:
I purchased this 4" plant in June, repotted to an 8" clay pot and placed in as full sun a location as is possible on the Oregon Coast. The plant is thriving with nearly zero care. Occasionally it is watered. There has been no significant rain. It is a delightful surprise to my Master Gardener and Garden Club friends, none of whom has ever seen one. I look forward to collecting seed or trying propagation methods this fall. As of now I have no plans to put it in the ground as our area is so wet.
|Neutral ||wingator ||On Sep 6, 2010, wingator from High Springs, FL wrote:
I got one of these from Lowes last year and enjoyed it all summer. It froze back in the winter as expected. This year there were about 50 volunteers coming up in every pot on my patio...even after a winter low temp of 15 F. Next year, I may find there is nothing left but these tall fuzzies.
|Negative ||Elijablue ||On Aug 7, 2010, Elijablue from Wheaton, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
Saw a write-up in a gardening magazine about this cute plant a few years ago and had to have it. Finally found it this year at a nursery. Planted it in a container and it bloomed well for a few weeks. Then it just quit and up and died! The container had a western exposure (afternoon sun) and everything else in it has done well. What a disappointment!
|Positive ||Mountaindave ||On Nov 2, 2009, Mountaindave from Port Orchard, WA wrote:
It grows well here in the Pacific Northwest with full sun. I have collected a lot of seeds but are they viable and/or true to their parent? I will know in about 6 months. Will use them as front of the border plants to replace my allysum if they are
|Neutral ||mjsponies ||On May 16, 2009, mjsponies from DeLand/Deleon Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
just got....my planting instructions say "semi-moist
" do not let dry out. so that may have been the problem w/ another posters plants. We'll see how it does...sure is a cute plant.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Aliso Viejo, California
De Bary, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
High Springs, Florida
Paradise Heights, Florida
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Averill Park, New York
Lincoln City, Oregon
East Port Orchard, Washington
Lake Delton, Wisconsin