Cytisus plant - will it recover?

I bought a load of shrubs from aldi last year, including a cytisus (broom). I potted it up, and it was quite happy for a few weeks, grew a bit - and then baby snails attacked it, decimating the leaves! To give it a chance to establish, I chucked it in the shed next to a window... And forgot about it! The compost still feels dampish, but it hasn't done much (I know it's winter!), but would the snails have done irreparable damage? I was really looking forward to lots of gorgeous yellow flowers!

My garden is too small to give house room to plants that don't earn their keep, so if it's had it, it will need to go.


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,620

    I'd get rid and plant something with a longer season of interest.  Cytisus bloom for a couple of weeks if you're Lucky and then look desperately dull for 50 more weeks.   Try and find something with an extended period of interest such as evergreen foliage, spring bloosom, autumn berries, good autumn leaf colour, colourful winter stems..........

    If you are determined to keep it, I would tip it out of its pot, check for snails and snail eggs, repot it in fresh compost and keep it outside in a sheltered spot where its root ball won't freeze.    Scatter some wildlife firendly slug and snail pellets around your pots and garden to prevent any further invasions.   Do that now and every week until late spring, early summer.  That way you'll catch the perishers as they emerge from hibernation or hatch from eggs and before they can either chomp on your treasures or breed.

    The Vendée, France
  • Bex2012Bex2012 Posts: 45

    Thank you both! I've pulled it out of the shed & trimmed off the decidedly dead bits. Also found a bare root agapanthus that I planted last year (but not too worried about that as I know they take years to establish).

    Will go and buy a bag of compost & repot it. Didn't realise it was a boring plant when it's not in flower. I got rid of an evergreen clematis for that reason - gorgeous flowers for three weeks, boring and untidy the rest of the year!

    Do you know if there is such a thing as a plant finder website? Somewhere you can put in your growing conditions & wishes & it will make suggestions? Decent sized plants are expensive, so I want to get it right!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    Click on plants in the dark green bar at the top of the page Bex.

    or try here


  • Bex2012Bex2012 Posts: 45

    Doh! thank you Nutcutlet! Ive never really explored the site, just lurked around the forums.

    Im quite lucky in one sense Verdun, most of my gardening is actually done in pots, so I can tailor my growing conditions. My OH designed the garden long before I moved in, and it comprises of a square of lawn (now astroturf as the little square of grass was nothing but weeds and moss), and a little skinny border that had conifers in (Now dug out). Most of my plants live in pots along the border, which lets me move them around.

  • IlesIles Posts: 1

    I don't think they're dull at all - as a friend says, When the broom's not in flower, then kissing's not in fashion. Mine seemed to flower for months last year.


  • LynLyn Posts: 8,376

    When broom is in season, kissing's in reason.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • Some of my customers have broom ans they were in flower for  a good couple of months last year I think it depends on where you plant them or have them situated if in a pot.

  • Our cytisus is in the form of a slender tree, about 7ft tall - against an ivy covered fence.  It's been decimated by snails in this recent wet spell.  Any suggestions as to something we can put around the branches?  Slug pellets won't help as we think the snails are in the ivy. 

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