The NSW Christmas Bush (Ceratopetlum gummiferum) is a small shapely tree with showy pink or red bracts in summer, which appear before and during the Christmas period. Great to use as a cut flower or indoor display.


How to grow NSW christmas bush in a garden

  1. Choose a place in the garden that gets full sun or half shade. Prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well.
  4.  Mulch around the base with organic, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Feed in Autumn and Spring with  Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to ensure strong root development.

     
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How to grow NSW christmas bush in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that is at least twice the size of the selected plant. Position in the garden that receives full sun to half shade.
  2. Fill the pot with a quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots. 
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Water in well.
  5. Mulch around the base with organic mulch, keeping it away from the trunk.
  6. Feed in Autumn and Spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to ensure strong root development.

Growing tips

  • Give the bush a light prune back after flowering.
  • Newer cultivars are available in dwarf forms which are perfect for the potted garden.
  • This bush can reach heights from 3 to 6 m and can grow 2-3 m in width. If growing this variety in a pot, ensure that you use a pot that will be able to accommodate its ultimate growth habit. 

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