They have an erect posture and a roundish shape, very ramified and disorderly, they can reach the 90-100 cm of height. The leaves of the cistus are oval, leathery, of a bright green colour, usually covered by a thin and thick down.
From April to June they produce numerous pink or pure white flowers, sometimes spotted; each single flower withers in a day, but the plant produces a profusion of them.
In summer, flowers give way to fruit: small semi-woody capsules containing a large number of fertile seeds; due to the large production of seeds, the plant can become intrusive. They do not like excessive pruning, so it is best to intervene only in the case of dry branches or damaged by the cold.
The Cistus creticus are a variety of plants that need a very sunny position; particularly cold winters can ruin the plants, which are therefore to be repaired with tnt. These plants, in fact, are typical of the Mediterranean scrub and love areas with a dry and sunny climate, otherwise they can see their health compromised. It must be said, however, that this plant has excellent adaptive properties and can grow even in areas that have a climate not particularly congenial to them.
The only limit is the strong and persistent frost.
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The plants of cistus they can bear without problems even long periods of drought, usually they can be satisfied with the rains. At the beginning of the spring it is best to bury mature organic fertilizer at the foot of the plant, or to spread slow release granular fertilizer on the soil. It is advisable to avoid water stagnation at the base of the plant, which could be dangerous.
In order to have an ideal evolution, it is necessary to place the Cistus creticus in a very well drained soil; in the wild, these plants grow also in places with poor soil, therefore they develop without any problems in the common garden earth, provided it is not too heavy or acidic.
Due to the rusticity of the plant it is possible to obtain good blooms in most of the soils, because the cistus has excellent adaptability.
In spring, it is possible to sow the small dark seeds of the cistus, in April, in container, in May, directly on the ground. In late summer it is possible to take cuttings, the new plants thus obtained will be planted the following spring, after having made them develop and having allowed them to acquire the right strength to withstand repotting and displacement.
Cystolic – Cistus creticus: Pests and diseases
The plants of Cistus creticus are rather rustic and resistant and, usually, are not affected by parasites and diseases that can undermine their health. However, it is advisable to pay attention to aphids, which can attack cistus plants. In this case it is necessary to resort to the use of specific products that will effectively counteract the problem.
- The Cistus is a genus of evergreen plant, belonging to the family of the Cistaceae and coming from the basin Mediterr
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- Among the most beautiful flowers offered by the Mediterranean, we can rightly include the cistus (family Cistac
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