Care of the Mahonia aquifolium or Oregon Grape

This is a plant that is not very well known yet. It is an evergreen shrub that can be kept in a pot as it grows only 1.5 meters. It has a rounded shape, which gives it a very compact appearance, very small… but very elegant.

The Mahonia aquifolium , as it is scientifically called, in the cold months takes on a spectacular purple hue. By the way, it can live in a wide variety of climates. Do you want to know how to take care of it? Let’s go there.

Fruits of the Mahonia aquifolium

Mahonia aquifolium is an evergreen shrub native to western North America. The fruits look like grapes, although bluish in color, and are edible . These begin to ripen in late spring, as soon as the flowers begin to fade. Its leaves are leathery, dark green, with slightly jagged edges.

And the best thing is that it does not require any special care to be able to live, although it is true that it prefers slightly cool climates , although this will not prevent it from growing in Mediterranean climates, as long as it is protected from direct sunlight in these areas. In fact, it can even grow in full shade.

Young Mahonia aquifolium

If we talk about watering, it must be frequent , especially during the summer, during which we have to prevent the soil from drying out. It can be used to pay with any mineral or organic fertilizer, you can even pay one month with one and the following month with another.

By the way, they grow in all types of soils, and it is not cold at all, so much so that it can withstand frosts of up to -7ºC . So what are you waiting for to have one in your garden? If you want to see it germinate, you must acquire its seeds in the fall, to stratify them in the fridge and plant them in a pot three months later.

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