The genus Cistus creticus includes about twenty species of medium-sized, evergreen shrubs, originating in the Mediterranean area.
They have an erect habit and a roundish shape, very ramified and disordered, they can reach 90-100 cm in height. The leaves of the cistus are oval, leathery, bright green, generally covered by a thin and thick hair.
From April to June they produce numerous pink or pure white flowers, sometimes spotted; every single flower withers in a day, but the plant produces in profusion.
Flowers in summer give way to fruits: small, half-woody capsules that contain many fertile seeds; due to the large production of seeds the plant can become intrusive. They do not like excessive pruning, it is therefore good to intervene only in the case of dry or cold-weathered branches.
Cistus creticus are a variety of plants that need a very sunny position; particularly cold winters can ruin the plants, which must therefore 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 with a climate that is not particularly congenial to them. The only limit is represented by strong and persistent frost.
The plants of I'm in they can withstand even long periods of drought without problems, generally they can be satisfied with the rains. At the beginning of spring it is good to bury well-ripe organic fertilizer at the foot of the plant, or to spread a slow release granular fertilizer on the ground. It is advisable to avoid stagnant water at the base of the plant that could be dangerous.
To have an ideal evolution it is necessary to place the Cistus creticus in a very well drained soil; in nature these plants also grow in places with poor soil, so they develop without problems in the common garden soil, provided it is not too heavy or acid.
Given the rusticity of the plant it is possible to obtain good blooms in most soils, as the I'm in it has an excellent ability to adapt.
In spring it is possible to sow the small dark seeds of the cistus, in April in a container, in May directly at home. In late summer it is possible to take cuttings, the new plants thus obtained will be planted the following spring, after having them developed and having allowed them to acquire the right strength to withstand repotting and displacement.
Cistus - Cistus creticus: Pests and diseases
The Cistus creticus plants are rather hardy and hardy and, usually, they are not affected by pests 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 use specific products that will effectively counter the problem.