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Characteristics: Evergreen shrub 1 m spread 1 m
Seeds per packet: 10
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
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.