Symphoricarpus, cultivation

Symphoricarpus, cultivation

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Symphoricarpus, cultivationand care to devote to the plant. How to cultivate the symphorine and tips for thepruning. Symphoricarp with white or pink berries.

And theplant with white berries, described as a shrub full of small white balls and dark green oval leaves.

Thesymphoricarp, also known assymphorine, is a shrub very resistant to low temperatures but still not widespread in Italian gardens. Its botanical name isSymphoricarposand belongs to the Caprifoliaceae family, the same as the more common honeysuckle and abelia.

Symphoricarp white or pink - purple:Symphoricarpos albus and Symphoricarpos orbiculatus

Depending on the variety, we have the white-berried or pink-purple berry plant. The color of the berry differs with the variety or species. The pink, fuchsia or red berry plant is the Symphoricarpos orbiculatus, thesymphoricarp whiteis the spacie Symphoricarpos albus. Depending on the variety, not only the color but also the size of the berries changes. The fleshy globes are very decorative, have an irregular or basically rounded shape and can have an average diameter of 0.5 to 1 cm.

The berries, although soft, are not edible. They cannot be eaten because they are mildly toxic.

Symphoricarpus, cultivation

Thesymphoricarpyou cancultivateas a ground cover plant, bushy, in flower beds or on rustic and steep soils.

With theplanting, keep in mind that it is a plant with a stripping crown that, in winter, is covered with white berries that sprout among the dark green vegetation. At the end of winter, the leaves fall and then reappear when the temperature rises between the end of spring and the beginning of summer. In summer, flowers appear.

THEflowersof thesymphorinethey are small and bell-shaped. They grow together in clusters at the apex of the twigs and at the axilla level of the leaves. It is from these flowers that the typical ones will developwhite berries(or colored) that will remain on the plant for a long time, from autumn to late winter.

Beforeplant the symphoricarp, keep in mind that the plant will reach an average height of 100-150 cm, with a footprint of 200 cm.

When you want cultivate more plants in the same row, planting in the open field is done respecting a distance, between one plant and another, of at least 50 cm.

Cultivate the Sinforicarpus in pots

Thesymphoricarpyou cangrow in potsor in the open ground. In any case, it needs a very bright area, preferably sunny. It can be adapted in semi-shaded areas (although flowering may be affected) and, whether grown in pots or in the open field, a great scenic effect can be obtained by alternating white grape species (Symphoricarpos albus) and colored berry species (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus).

How to cultivate the symphoricarp:care and pruning

Thesymphoricarpusit does not need a lot of care, as long as the exposure is right (very bright) and that the soil can satisfy the plant. The soil should be fertile, so much so that both if grown in pots and in the garden, we recommend at least two annual crops, the first in spring and the second in early summer. The soil must ensure good drainage but not be too sandy because it must offer the plant good water absorption.

Irrigation must be abundant in summer and spring: make sure, however, to let the soil dry between one irrigation and the next.

In autumn and winter, it only gets wet if grown in pots and only on less cold days.

As for thepruning, you can run it in theperiodwhich falls between late winter and early spring, but always taking into account the seasonal trend. Therepruningit is performed when the plant has not yet performed the vegetative restart.

How to prune the symphorine?Just adjust the length of the branches and restore a shape to the crown. With thepruningthe plant is allowed to develop lateral shoots, an excellent way to increase flowering and therefore the production of the apical berries.

Video: Symphoricarpos albus, Caprifoliaceae 1 (July 2022).


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