Embothrium coccineum Chilean fire bush
I have tried for a long time to grow Embothrium coccineum but can’t seem to get it to take off. What are the optimum planting conditions and do I need to do anything specific to care for it? This shrub is simply spectacular when it flowers. I live in Mallow Cork on a fairly exposed aspect.
The Chilean flame tree, embothrium, likes acid soil, well drained but moist and with reasonable shelter. It is not particularly difficult to grow once these requirements are met. Keep grass and weeds away and be careful to plant just to the top of the pot, not too deeply.