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Barberry - cultivation and care

Barberry - cultivation and care

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The common barberry, also known as the buckthorn, can be found in many gardens. You can find out here how it is cared for and what you should pay attention to when it comes to the fruit.

The red fruits of the barberry are tasty and healthy

The easy-care Sauerdorn is very common in the gardens and forest edges of Europe. One reason for this is surely that the extremely vitamin-rich Sauerdorn berries can be processed excellently into jam and juice. For which, however, only the red, ripe berries can be used.

Attention: All other sourthorn berries, roots and some of the leaves are extremely toxic!

" Tip: If you dry the red berries in autumn, you can then mix them in portions in the muesli. This is not only healthy, but also totally delicious. The ripe berries can just as well be added to sweet and sour meat dishes.

The barberry can reach a height of up to three meters. If possible, it should be planted in partial shade, although it also tolerates sunny places. On top of that, it is ideal for dense shrubbery (including hedges). Dry soils are generally preferred.

In early spring, taking into account the frosty season, the shoots of the buckthorn should be pruned so that it can develop its bright yellow flowers from May to June, which hang on the bush like grapes. But be careful, the shrub carries thorns, which serve as protection against animal browsing.

If hard winter days are feared, the trunk of the barberry should be piled up with some leaves or cut grass, which protects it from possible frost damage. Generally, however, the Sauerdorn is considered hardy.

Unfortunately, the buckthorn is often attacked by black rust, a fungal disease that is dangerous for the grain. Which is why all barberries were even exterminated for years. The problem with this pest infestation is that the fungal spores are carried further by the wind and bees and thus pose a threat to nearby grain locations. Why this pest (recognizable by the rust-like infestation of the leaves) must always be combated immediately - effective agents are available from specialist dealers.