Information About Barberry
Dwarf Barberry Care: How To Grow Crimson Pygmy Barberry Shrubs
By Teo Spengler
If you think of barberry plants as primarily useful for defensive hedges, think again. Crimson Pygmy barberry is utterly gorgeous with deep crimson leaves that turn even more brilliant shades in autumn. For more information, click this article.
Barberry Plant Propagation: Tips For Propagating A Barberry Shrub
By Teo Spengler
If you have one barberry but want more, propagating a barberry shrub isn't difficult. You can take barberry cuttings for barberry plant propagation or plant the seeds that grow inside the berries. Click this article for tips on how to propagate a barberry.
Planting Directions for Barberry
Barberry shrubs (Berberis spp.) grow best in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 8, and if given shade in hot summer afternoons, can grow in zone 9. There are over 400 different varieties of deciduous and evergreen barberries, reaching 3 to 10 feet tall, depending on the variety. These dense shrubs produce thorny branches, spring flowers and fall berries. Many species grow 12 to 24 inches each year. Plant barberry as privacy screens, showcase bushes or shrubs to hold soil in place on slopes.
Bare root barberries direct from the nursery are commonly planted in the fall while in a dormant state. The roots are kept moist until the plant is placed in the ground. Container grown barberries survive planting whenever the ground in not frozen. The time to dig the barberry up and move to another location is immediately after the flowers fade.
You may need to stake newly planted trees, especially if you planted them as bare-root or if you have a hard time keeping them upright. Support them only for the first year or two remove the stakes after that so your trees and shrubs can develop a sturdy trunk and root system.
One of the simplest ways to support a young tree is to use a single stake about as tall as the tree. Drive the stake in the ground about 18 inches deep and about 6 inches away from the edge of the planting hole. Use heavy wire wrapped by a section of old garden hose and tie the tree to the stake using a figure-8 pattern. (The hose prevents the wire from grinding against the bark.)
Test Garden Tip: Avoid pulling the wire tight because it can damage the tree. The trunk should be able to move lightly in any direction if you push against it.