Surely you know love pearls from your childhood. But do you also know the so-called love pearl bush? Read here how it is grown and cared for.Caution: the berries are highly toxic!
In the spring, the plant is rather inconspicuous
In spring, a love pearl bush may seem a little inconspicuous. It is littered with green, tapered leaves. However, from July to August, delicate pink to purple flowers form, which bees and bumblebees like to visit. And from September, almost unnatural-looking, purple berries adorn the shrub. These even last into the winter. At the same time, the leaves turn orange to yellow and form a particularly great contrast to the purple berry.
Attention: The berries are highly toxic, which is why children should be prevented from doing so!
The shrub plant, which comes from China, can now also be grown in our latitudes without any problems in temperate climates. The ideal location for this is a sunny location that is protected from the wind.
"Size of the plant:
The love pearl bush, also called Chinese fair fruit, has a height of between 2 and 3 meters and a width of up to 2 meters.
"Plant two to three shrubs side by side:
It is advisable to plant two or three shrubs of this type next to each other, so that the flowers are better pollinated and can therefore carry far more berries in winter (berry formation only from the 2nd year of planting). When planting (ideally in spring) care should be taken to loosen the soil as much as possible. When inserting the shrub, water the root ball well.
" To water:
The love pearl bush always needs constant moisture, which is why it must be watered sufficiently on particularly warm sunny days.
" To cut:
In the winter months, on the other hand, it freezes back strongly, but you don't have to worry. Because in spring new, strong shoots are formed from fresh green and again ensure its splendor. Cut the shrub very sparingly, if at all, because it freezes off strongly in the winter months.
"Protect shrub in winter:
It is also advisable to pile the trunk with compost or leaves or straw in the winter months to protect the shrub. Especially when there is a risk of heavy onset of winter.