Plant Care Broom

Broom

About Broom

Broom is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Broom likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

Broom belongs to the Cytisus genus, and is native to Europe.

⚠️ Broom is extremely dangerous if consumed. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian immediately. These plants are not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.

Taxonomy

Cytisus scoparius
Cytisus
Fabaceae
Fabales

Also known as

Common broom, Scotch broom, Scot's broom and English broom

How to care for Broom

💦 Water

How often to water your Broom

Water needs for Broom
0.5 cups
every 9

Broom needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Broom

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Broom in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Broom: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Broom love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Broom does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Broom in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Broom

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Broom: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Broom after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Broom is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Broom →

Common Broom Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Broom prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Broom Water Frequency →

Broom Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Broom requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Broom Light Requirements →

Broom Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Broom is extremely dangerous if consumed. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian immediately. Broom is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.


🪴 Soil

Broom does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Broom →

When and How to Successfully Repot Broom →


💩 Fertilizer

Broom is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Broom grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Broom →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Broom can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Broom Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Broom

Broom

Broom


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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