Florists’ genista (Genista canariensis)
Florists’ genista (Genista canariensis) is a conservatory or greenhouse grown type of plant that can grow 3m – 8m tall and 50cm – 1.5m wide. In this growing guide we’ll learn the cultivation details and how to plant Florists’ genista (Genista canariensis).
This plant has several common names including: florists’ genista, florists’ broom or fountain of gold.
This is a evergreen plant that takes 5-10 years to reach full maturity.
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Common name: florists’ genista, florists’ broom, fountain of gold
Scientific name: Genista canariensis
Plant type: Conservatory & Greenhouse, Shrubs
Height: 3m – 8m
Spread: 50cm – 1.5m
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Moisture: Moist but well drained
Planting type: Low Maintenance, Wall-side Borders
Other characteristics: RHS Award of Garden Merit
How to plant
In this section we will learn how to plant Florists’ genista (Genista canariensis), know its needs in terms of soil, watering and sun exposure.
Florists’ genista (Genista canariensis) is a plant that adapts to all types of soils, chalk, clay, loam or sand.
The chalky soil is pale and contains chunks of calcium-rich rock. It is a fertile and well-draining soil, almost always alkaline.
Clay soil is composed of more than 25 percent clay particles. These particles have a high moisture holding capacity and the soil is heavy to dig and can be waterlogged in winter (dry in summer).
The loam soil is dark, rich in organic matter but balanced in minerals. It offers the best of all worlds, retaining enough water for the plants, but allowing excess moisture to drain away. This is the most desired type of garden soil, perfect for most plants.
Sandy soil is light, porous and very easy to drain. It is a soil poor in organic matter and nutrients. It is composed of relatively large mineral particles that allow water to drain quickly.
As for pH, it is a plant that grows ideally in soils with pH acid or neutral.
Regarding drainage, Genista canariensis likes to grow in moist but well drained soil.
Florists’ genista (Genista canariensis) should be grown in full sun places.