London, United Kingdom
I was given a potted Leptospermum scoparium (New Zealand tea tree) as a gift in March. When it arrived it was flowering beautifully but I was told it must be kept outside and would do well on a balcony (that is the only outdoor space I have, but it is south facing and a climbing rose I have is doing well there). Since then the tea tree seems to have gone downhill a bit, it has now ceased flowering - although it still has buds they look as if they have dried out. It seems to be otherwise alive though. Any advice on how to care for the plant? There seems to be a lot of contradictory advice on the internet - some say it can't survive below 10degreesC, others that it is hardy enough for much lower temperatures. Should it be brought inside? Many thanks for any advice!
- 15 Apr, 2011