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GENISTA hispanica

Spainish Gorse

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Family: Fabaceae

Subfamily: Faboideae

Characteristics: Evergreen shrub 1 m spread 1 m

Seeds per packet: 10

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Genista is well suited to planting in hot dry areas, flourishing on poorer soils and well suited to coastal planting. Pea shaped golden yellow flowers occurring in spring. Extremely hardy.

Native to Spain and Portugal.

Adaptable to most soils in an open sunny position, drought and frost resistant.

Cold stratification is recommended for this species. This can be replicated by cold stratification in the refrigerator or alternatively over wintering in the garden in cold climates will assist germination.

Cold treatment is not critical for germination to occur but should give increased germination rates.

Seed are best sown in spring. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 16-22°C

  1. Soak seed overnight in water.
  2. Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix.
  3. Sprinkle a very light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed.
  4. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  5. Ensure the mix is moist but not water logged.
  6. Place the container in plastic bag.
  7. Place the bagged container in the refrigerator for 6-8 weeks.
  8. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  9. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  10. Germination generally occurs in 14-28 days when moved to warmer temperatures after the period of cold treatment.

General note: Seeds of many plants are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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