Known for its soft, silver woolly foliage, the Woolly Bush (Adenanthos sericeus) is a delightful small shrub. It is a great alternative Christmas Tree and can be successfully grown in pots or in the garden bed. Highly recommended for therapeutic gardens due to their soft texture.


How to grow woolly bush in a garden

  1. Choose a place in the garden that gets full sun. 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. 
  3. Carefully remove the plant from the pot ensuring not to disturb any of the roots. 
  4. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  5. Mulch with woodchip and water in well.
  6. 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 wolly 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.
  2. Fill the pot with a quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
  3. Carefully remove the plant from the pot ensuring not to disturb any of the roots.  
  4. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  5.  Mulch with woodchip and water in well.
  6. Feed in Autumn and Spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to ensure strong root development.

Growing tips

  • Prune to create lush thick growth
  • There are a couple of cultivars available, A. sericeus ‘Silver Streak’ is the popular choice and readily available as alternative Christmas trees. Check your local nursery for the best one to grow in your area
  • When choosing a pot for your plant, always ensure that it will suit the ultimate size of the tree or shrub
  • These plants dislike having wet feet. Ensure that the soil is well drained and that they are not sitting in a moist soil for long periods
  • Can tolerate light frost conditions

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