Growing Genista

Growing Genista

Bangle Genista

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Compact, late spring-blooming shrubs with masses of yellow, pea-like flowers. Good for massing, low borders, or in large containers. Also makes a good groundcover or rock garden plant. Has an attractive, airy form even when not blooming. Hardy in zones 4 to 9. Plant in spring after the last frost in a hole 12 inches deep and wide amended with compost or other organic matter. Set plants with the roots slightly deeper than in the pot. 

Maintenance

For full sun in well-drained soil. Plants are heat and drought-tolerant once established. Does not respond well to heavy pruning, but can be pruned lightly to shape plants after flowering. In spring, any branches that suffered tip damage in winter can be lightly trimmed.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165), Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other hardy shrubs with yellow flowers include Lemon Lights Azalea (20128), and Meadowlark Forsythia (20478). Flowering Quince is another spring-blooming shrub.

Complimentary Products

A light feeder that benefits from occasional fertilization. Good in combination with perennial groundcovers like Bergens Blue Veronica (14503), Ralph Shugert Vinca (14577), or Zing Rose Dianthus (11312).

Product Recommendations

Combines well with spring flowering bulbs. 

Genista Facts

Rarely suffers from pests or diseases and is deer resistant. Aphids occasionally feed on plants. Better Homes and Gardens selected New Bangle Genista (20497) as one of the 18 best new trees and shrubs of 2008.

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