What Genista needs

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What to look for across the season

Spring

Ah, spring. The days lengthen and the weather starts warming up.

Keep an eye out for new growth on your Genista - it's a sign of better things to come.

Summer

You'll be amazed at how quickly your Genistawill come into bloom with the warmer weather.

So, sit back and relax and enjoy your outdoor space.

Watering is the only thing you really need to worry about, particularly for plants in pots.

You'll soon know if your Genistais thirsty as it will start to wilt, so get your watering can out.

Autumn

As the weather starts cooling down in autumn, your Genista will start slowing down too.

This is a deciduous plant, meaning it will lose its leaves over winter.

So don't worry when the leaves start to fall off, this is perfectly normal.

Winter

Nothing to see here folks. Your Genista is dormant over winter.

In mild winters it might not completely lose its leaves, but otherwise a completely bare skeleton is totally normal.

What The Plant Needs

Watering

Genista planted out in a border doesn't need any special attention when it comes to watering once it is established.

But if you've got a new one, make sure you keep it well-watered during the first spring and summer. It's plants in pots that need a bit more TLC.

Keep a careful eye on watering, especially over spring and summer. If it's really hot you'll need to water once a day.

Feeding

You don't really need to feed your Genista, but it won't hurt to sprinkle a general purpose food, like Growmore, around the base in spring, but it's not essential.

Plants in pots need feeding with a slow release feed, twice a year: once in spring and once in mid summer.

Pruning

Genista needs little pruning, but if you want to reduce the size, or take out a few shoots growing at funny angles, the best time to do this is when the plant is dormant - ie: when it has no leaves between winter and spring.

Don't get too carried away though, as you'll ruin the natural shape.

Protection

Genista is a hardy plant, so won't require winter protection once established.

Just take care with young plants, as they can be more susceptible to winter cold. It won't hurt to cover with horticultural fleece if there is a heavy frost forecast.

Shrubs in pots should be OK, but if you live in a particularly cold area, or your garden is exposed, move pots to the corner of a porch, under the eaves of the house or even hard up against a protected wall of the house.

If you can't move your pot, wrap a few layers hessian or coir matting around the pot to provide some insulation.

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