Broom | Genista maderensis

Broom is a member of the papilionaceous family (Fabaceae) family and G. maderensis has recently been classified in it. Often still referred to as Cytisus maderensis, the species is native to Madeira where it grows to an evergreen shrub 7 m (23 ft) high. It is covered with gold-yellow, fragrant flowers that are borne in terminal clusters from late spring to early summer.

Brooms like plenty of light but not direct midday sun. In summer, they must be watered generously but especially very regularly. Excessively dry conditions will lead to leaf drop while water-logging will cause root rot. In addition, brooms need weekly applications of fertilizer. In winter, they should be moved to a bright place where the temperature is between 5-10° C (41-50° F). To encourage growth brooms should be cut back vigorously after flowering. Softwood cuttings taken in summer root very easily. Watch out for aphids and spider mites.

04. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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