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Caper cultivation

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Question: Caper cultivation

I would like to have information, if possible, regarding the cultivation of capers, everything related to this plant ...

Looking forward to your reply, I offer you my best regards.


Answer: Caper cultivation

Dear Alfonso,

We thank you for contacting us regarding the question on the cultivation of the Caper through the expert's heading of "Gardening.it".

The Caper (Capparis spinosa L) is a plant belonging to the Capparidaceae family, and looks like a small climbing shrub that grows near walls or cliffs.

It has fleshy oval dark green leaves, fleshy and oval in shape.

The flowers it produces, from May to September, are very fragrant and showy with white and pink colors, with violet reflections.

They are highly sought after for food consumption where the flower button is used after a period spent in brine.

It does not have great soil requirements since the plants also grow in arid areas and on dry stone walls, but to obtain a good result, periodic fertilizations with complete fertilizers are recommended.

The propagation of this plant can take place by sowing or cutting. The cuttings are carried out in summer by taking a piece of woody branch, 7-10 cm long, and place it in a box filled with peat and sand. To promote rooting we recommend the use of rooting powders. When the cuttings have formed the roots, they are picked and potted one by one in jars with a diameter of about 10 cm ... The sowing is done in the spring by placing the seed in boxes, filled with peat and sand, which will be placed outdoors in the summer period and brought back to shelter in autumn-winter. In the following spring, the new seedlings can be transplanted into individual pots or directly into the ground.

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