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Genista issue!

Hello everyone, 

Please could you help a beginner! 

I recently bought a Genista (evergreen) I believe and it seems to be dying after 1 week in my ownership! 

the ticket stated that this plant could be potted and to use potting compost of which I have done and I also added a few small pebbles/gravel to help with water. This was by my front door with is in direct sunlight and we have watered this every other day or more if the soil felt dry. 

The leaves are now dropping and going yellow from the bottom up. 

Please can someone help this novice! Please see a photo below. 

Thank you!


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,433
    Possibly just transplant shock. Any plant - and especially shrubs - need a lot of water until established. There's a lot of top growth to support :)
    I'd move it somewhere less hot and sunny until it settles. No matter what conditions a plant prefers, they all need a lot of watering initially, and a bit of protection from extremes of weather. 

    I don't think that pot is anywhere near big enough though, and you need a soil based compost if it's staying in a pot. Compost - especially multi purpose, or lightweight ones, aren't sufficient. Some grit added to the mix will help keep it free draining, and if you can put the pot on feet, so that it isn't sitting directly on sold ground, that will help in wet weather.  
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Thank you @Fairygirl

    We were thinking maybe it would be best to plant him in the garden instead. The soil isn't the best in the garden but would this be better do you think? 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,433
    They do well on poor soil anyway, and they'd always be best in the ground. The rules still apply - keep thoroughly watered over the next few months :)
    I'd personally never grow them in pots - they aren't great pot specimens.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • @Fairygirl Thank you! ⭐
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