Barberry — planting and care


Barberry is quite attractive and quite undemanding plant for the suburban garden.

Any gardener among a wide variety of types of barberry, large and small, varied in color of leaves and the shape of the Bush, can pick out any plant that will not leave indifferent neither guests nor neighbors.

Plus the bushes are easy to be cutting and forming.

It is a versatile plant ideal for single plantings, and design borders, formation of mixborders or rockery as it is used as a hedge.

Berberis vulgaris

Family barberry belongs to the genus Berberis includes mostly deciduous species, and to a lesser extent, spiny evergreen shrubs.

The flowers of the plants are small, but fragrant, often Golden-yellow in colour, although they may be red and two-tone. The fruit of barberry are bright red, often edible.

The most common type is the «Berberis vulgaris». The shrub is high enough, grows to a height of 2,5-3 meters. On the shoots of the plants have large thorns.


The flowers are bright yellow, red, edible fruit, holding up to late autumn. Eat preferably after they grab frost. Unripe berries should not be consumed, because the content of strong alkaloids.

The ripe fruit of barberry are rich in vitamins C and E, they contain organic acids and tannins. Dried berries are used for preparation of Oriental dishes.

Barberry requires no special care, the main thing to pick up for him a light and dry place, with well-drained soil. For bushes planting prepare pits to a depth of 40-45cm., and a diameter of 50-60cm.

Before landing on the bottom pour a bucket of compost, 2 cups of wood ash and 1 Cup of superphosphate. All this must be mixed with the soil and well


water. After planting the ground is compacted and mulched.

Trim the bushes held annually in early June. If desired, the spring can be made nitrogen fertilizers, and in the summer-phosphorus-potassium. In the dry season requires watering.

Barbarisi propagated by dividing the Bush and summer cuttings. If the shoots of your species branch above ground level, the reproduction method of division will not work.

In this case, you will have the hive in the spring to dig up and tidy the garden shears to split into several parts along with the root system. Then make a landing on a known schema.

Softwood cuttings can be propagated all varieties of barberry. They cut into lengths of 10cm., from shoots of the current year, after which roots in a mixture of sand and peat at the rate of 1:3.

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