How to Grow the Greek Broom Plant

Overview

The Greek broom plant (Cytisus scoparius), also called Scotch broom plant, is a deciduous shrub native to Europe. It has attractive, upright foliage and becomes covered in bright yellow flowers during late spring and summer. The Greek broom plant can reach heights of up to 10 feet in ideal growing conditions. This shrub does well even in poor soil and prefers full sun. The Greek broom plant isn't particularly fast growing, but it can be difficult to get rid of once established so choose wisely when selecting a planting site.

Step 1

Prepare the planting site by removing all weeds, grass and large rocks. Dig a hole that is slightly larger and the same depth as the Greek broom plant's root ball.

Step 2

Place the roots into the planting hole at the same depth that they were previously growing. Replace the soil and pat down to remove air pockets. Water until the soil feels very moist, but not wet.

Step 3

Add a 2-inch layer of mulch around the plant's base to conserve moisture and discourage weed growth.

Step 4

Water whenever less than 1 inch of rain falls per week in your region.

Step 5

Clip off dead or damaged branches. Prune the bush to control size after the blooms have faded.

Step 6

Add a fresh 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch in early winter to protect the roots from cold temperatures.

Tips and Warnings

  • This plant may be poisonous to livestock.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Mulch
  • Pruning shears

References

  • University of Connecticut: Cytisus Scoparius
  • Oregon State University Extension: Scotch Broom
  • Virginia Technical University: Scotch Broom
  • Backyard Gardener: Cytisus Scoparius
Keywords: Greek bloom plant, broom plant care, Scotch broom plant, Cytisus scoparius

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