Is this plant as "bad" as they say it is? what about being used as a home plant? I just bought one in red for under my front picture window..do you have to keep trimed back?
Thanks for any replies
My scotch broom is now over 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide. It has flowered continously from March til now (June 11th). After its first bloom (the entire shrub was covered with thousands of flowers), I cut it back a little and its second bloom has been tremendous this year. If contained in a small (accessable) area of the yard and you are vigilant about picking up after it (it is a messy plant after it has flowered), the plant is not invasive. I've had a few seedlings arise, but it certainly hasn't been taking over the yard. I have grown a few of these seedlings and have given them away.
They are very fast growing and are quite drought tolerant once they are rooted in.
I prune and shape the scotch broom a few times a year and it gives good shade to some other plants of mine. I only know how the plant does here in the moderate Mediterranean climate of the San Francisco area. I've read that it thrives in the Pacific Northwest. Any way, I just love the plant and it looks good year round even without flowers.
I planted a broom plant which was covered with yellow blooms and the rabbits ate it to the ground that very night. I have trouble with rabbits eating a lot of my plants. I have set live traps but they won't go inside. I have also tried spraying 'Tabasco' water on plants (as advised by 'DirtDoctor', but since I have a lot of plants, this is time-consuming. I live in Texas and by the time I get off work & until sundown, it is still very hot outside with 90% humidity. NOTE: I usually water from 6:15 until 7:30 a.m. before I go to work. Any advice on getting rid of these rabbits?
WOW! I Googled Scotchbroom for some prunning tips and was met with massive negative comments. I live in the Northeast and struggle to keep my Scotchbroom alive. Non-invasive , fragrant and beautiful. I guess its a local thing..If you are in the northeast, definatly give it a try. You will not be disappointed.