Long flowering and with good green/grey foliage Grevillea Scarlet King is another native plant that attracts birds and bees to the garden.
Toothbrush like flowers over a long period make this an excellent choice for the garden border or a native garden design.
In a sunny position and a well drained soil this is an easy care plant. It will grow in a little shade, however flowering is best in full sun.
Best grown in an open position where it gets good air flow.
- Dig the soil over well to twice the diameter of the container.
- Add some well rotted cow manure and aged compost.
- Plant at the same level the tree was in the container.
- Water in well with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Water lightly in the first summer.
- Mulch around the tree to maintain a cool root run.
Propagation is from seed as well as from cuttings. Propagation is easy from seed, grafted varieties are more reliable in the garden.
No fertiliser is requires in good soils. You can use a little specialist native plant fertiliser (low phosphate) in poor soils if desired.
Best lightly tip pruned after flowering to encourage more flowers.
It is important to remove any growth below the graft as soon as it appears. This can be easy snipped off, or even rubbed off with your fingers.
- Botanical Name – Grevillea nivia ‘Scarlet King’
- Common Name – Grevillea Scarlet King.
- Position – Full sun to a little shade.
- Soil – Humus rich well drained.
- Height – To around 1 metres plus.
- Spread – To around .5 metres plus.
- Growth rate – Medium.
- Flowers – Scarlett red.
- Flowering time – Winter to Spring and summer.
- Foliage – Green to Grey.
- Frost tolerant – Yes.
- Drought tolerant – Yes.