Top Questions About Scotch Broom Plants

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Questions About Scotch Broom Plants

Asked by
Jail Bird on
May 13, 2012

Q. When and how should you prune a broom shrub?

My broom is beautiful but has taken over! I need to get it under control before my climbing rose vanishes behind it!

Answered by
Heather on
May 21, 2012
Certified Expert
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A broom shrub should be pruned when dormant (late winter, early spring) but it will not hurt it to prune some now, if you need to.

The best way to prune it is to remove some of the oldest branches/stems/trunks all the way back to the ground and then shape the remaining into the size you need it to be.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 7, 2013

Q. Scotch Broom Maintenance

Several of my Scotch Brooms have large sections of dark brown stalks amongst the green budding stalks. Should I prune the non-budding stalks or leave them? One of them has absolutely no budding stalks – is this one dead?

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
May 7, 2013
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Asked by
goscotty on
March 16, 2015

Q. purchasing weevil larvae for scotch broom

Where can I purchase this weevil larvae? It’s a larvae that eats scotch broom seeds.

Answered by
shelley on
March 16, 2015
Certified Expert
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Below I have provided a link to a directory of vendors of beneficial organisms in North America. I did not see seed weevil on the list, but there are places listed here you can contact to make an inquiry. The use of seed weevil against scotch broom is still in the experimental phase, so I would advise pursuing other measures to combat scotch broom, as discussed in the following article:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/broom-plants/scotch-broom-control.htm

Directory of vendors of beneficial organisms:
http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef125.asp

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Asked by
Alsandleea on
March 16, 2017

Q. Scotch broom

My 8ft, 10 year old scotch broom turned brown this winter. Trunk still has green but it looks dead. Is it dead?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 17, 2017
Certified Expert
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Only time will tell if you still have a live plant.

Avoid pruning the dead material until danger of frost has past.

Then prune out the dead plant material.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/broom-plants/scotch-broom-pruning.htm

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Asked by
Mw2017 on
August 28, 2017

Q. Overgrown scotchbroom

The property we purchased has a very large unmaintained scotch broom. I would like to keep it if possible. Can it be cut back without killing it? If so could we cut it back some in fall/winter and then again after blooming next spring?

Answered by
dawnjhiking on
August 28, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

Hello,

Thank you for sending us your gardening question. You can trim broken or diseased branches at any time of the year. However, pruning for size or shape should only be done in late spring, immediately after flowering. If you cut it back in autumn or winter, you will reduce the next season's flowering.

Here is an article you might find helpful:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/broom-plants/scotch-broom-pruning.htm

Please let us know if you have any other gardening questions and happy gardening!

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Asked by
wrwitt on
October 18, 2017

Q. Pruning orange floweredskotch broom

My bush has grown too tall. Mine has beautiful orange flowers. The picture shows yellow flowers and seed pods, which mine doesn\’t have! But it needs shortened. How and when? And have they mislabeled?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
October 18, 2017
Certified Expert
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They are just variations of each other, and what applies to one will apply to the other. Here is an article for more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/broom-plants/scotch-broom-pruning.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 11, 2018

Q. scotch brooms

Can scotch brooms be planted in a large pot, or must they be planted in ground

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 11, 2018
Certified Expert
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Scotch Broom will grow too large for containers. It would be best to plant in the ground.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/broom-plants/scotch-broom-pruning.htm

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