Cytisus burkwoodii - Broom - Plant in 9cm Pot
Cytisus or Broom make a truly stunning display in spring when they are literally wrapped in good size pea shaped flowers, often to the point where the weight of the flower makes the branches drop. I have even seen them break under the weight of flower. Cytisus burkwoodii is a vigorous plant that has beautiful flowers of cerise with deep crimson wings edged yellow. While Cytisus is generally not fussy as to soil they do not like extremes of alkalinity or acidity and will only grow well on chalk where there is a good layer of topsoil above the chalk. Despite what you may read elsewhere they perform very well on clay soils and heavy loams as long as they do not water log. Once to size they should ideally be cut back each year to encourage new flower bearing growth but more importantly to avoid cutting into old wood. It also has to be said that if you completely ignore them, they may look a bit scruffy, but will still produce a mass of flowers in spring
This plant can be used in a mixed planting or a container. If planting in a pot or other container. Use a good quality John Innes compost as this plant will be there a long time and peaty types of compost eventually degrade and become too packed and choke the roots. Ensure you feed regularly as a hungry plant is a poor performer. We recommend Osmoscote pro 5-6 month applied in the early spring. One application gives all the nutrients the plant requires for the whole year. John Innes is a soils based compost.