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Cistus: a beautiful flowering shrub

Cistus: a beautiful flowering shrub

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The cistus is a beautiful flowering shrub and beautiful evergreen foliage.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Cistus
Family : Cistaceae
Type : Shrub

: 1 to 2 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Rather poor

: Persistent
Flowering : Spring

White or pink in color, it has slightly wrinkled and very decorative flowers. Here is all our advice about cistus.

Planting cistus

Cistus is a typically Mediterranean scrubland which therefore adapts better to this climate.

To properly plant a cistus, you will preferably plant in spring or fall in a place sheltered from strong winds.

  • Cistus needs soil well drained. Make a drain if necessary with gravel 40 cm deep.
  • Cistus tolerates poor soilss, or even stony
  • A situation very sunny promotes flowering
  • Follow our advice planting shrubs.

Cistus cutting

The easiest and fastest technique to propagate cistus is cuttings.

  • Take cuttings of about 15 cm from non-flowering wood.
  • Remove the bottom leaves to keep only one or two floors in mind.
  • Optionally soak the base in cutting hormone to promote rootlet shoots.
  • Plant your cuttings in apotting soil special cuttings.
  • Place the cuttings in the shade and protect them from frost in winter.

Cistus pruning and maintenance

Cistus is a shrub easy to maintain, especially when properly installed.

The cistus is very disease resistant, no treatment is necessary.

Cistus size:

To keep a bushy appearance or cut back the branches, always prune at the end of flowering or in late winter if the winter climate is cold in your area.

Watering the cistus:

You will only water in case of severe drought prolonged.

About the cistus in pot, more regular watering is recommended. Water when the soil is dry on the surface in summer.

Cistus in winter:

Protect your shrub with a wintering veil if you plant it in an area where thewinter is harsh (resistance down to -10 ° in a not too humid area)

If you are worried about severe frosts, it is best to grow the cistus in pot and protect it from frost in winter.

To know about cistus

The cistus offers a abundant flowering from early spring through summer. If the flowers are ephemeral, they are constantly renewed throughout the flowering period.

This shrub, native to the Mediterranean, is usually little more than 1 m high, but some species can reach up to 2 m (cistus populifolius)

Finally, we use cistus in perfumery and cosmetology against wrinkles but also in Essential oil for the virtues it presents for the skin.

We find some interesting varieties like cistus monspeliensis, or cistus of Montpellier, parviflorus, ladaniferus or ladanifère of Corsica, Silver Pink or salviifolius

Smart tip about cistus

A mulching will protect your cistus from the cold in winter and protect you from weeds.

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