falcata genista

falcata genista

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Shrubs are plants that must be in a garden: they are the ones who finish giving it shape, movement and color; And that is not to mention that there are many who tolerate pruning very well and there are others that can be used as a low protection hedge, such as the falcata genista.

This species produces very pretty yellow flowers, but it is also thorny. Do we know it?

Origin and characteristics

It is an evergreen shrub native to southern Europe, which reaches a height of up to one meter. Its young stems have very strong axillary spines. The leaves are elliptical, 6 to 14mm, and the flowers are yellow, up to 1cm. The fruit is a 10 to 25mm legume, glabrous.

It is a plant that it gets really pretty in spring, towards March-April in the northern hemisphere, since it is when its flowers appear. After flowering, the seeds mature and can be sown shortly before summer arrives.

What are their cares?

View of the Genista falcata plant

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If you want to have a copy, we recommend you take care of it as follows:

  • Location: it must be outside, in full sun.
  • Earth:
    • Pot: place a first layer of arlite and fill with black peat mixed with perlite in equal parts.
    • Garden: grows in well-drained soils.
  • Irrigation: 4-5 times a week in summer, a little less the rest.
  • Subscriber: from early spring to early fall with Fertilizers like guano, compost or others like egg and banana peels.
  • Multiplication: by seeds in spring or early summer.
  • Pruning: at the end of winter, dry, diseased, weak or broken branches must be removed. You also have to take advantage to cut those that are growing too much.
  • Planting or transplanting time: in spring.
  • Rusticity: it resists frosts down to -8ºC.

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