This fruit shrub gives amazing fruit, sloes, which never taste as good as when they are chard after the first frosts.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Prunus spinosa
Family : Rosaceae
Height: 1 to 5 m
Exposure : Sunny
Foliage : Expired -Flowering: Spring - Harvest : Fall
It is recommended plant blackthorn in the fall to promote good rooting before winter.
You can still plant your blackthorn in the spring if it is purchased in a pot.
- The blackthorn likes sunny situations to produce sloes.
- He likes rather rich soils
- He fears land that is too poor and clayey, but still knows how to develop there
- Take care, in this case, to water regularly at the beginning.
Be careful, blackthorn is very thorny so choose the planting site carefully so as not to sting yourself ...
On the other hand, it is ideal for building up a defensive as well as decorative hedge.
Blackthorn maintenance and pruning
Caring for the blackthorn is very easy because it is a shrub that hardly needs any care when properly installed.
- Water regularly during the 1st year after planting
- Fertilize poor soils with a shrub fertilizer for the first 2-3 years.
If you have to prune or cut back your blackthorn, avoid doing it after flowering or you will not have fruit.
If your blackthorn becomes invasive:
- Wait until the fall to cut back severely every 2 or 3 years
- Remove root suckers as they appear throughout the year
He is very easy to harvest sloes on blackthorn but be careful, these fruits are only of interest when they are picked at the right time.
The pupils are harsh and astringent and have little culinary value if picked too early.
- Wait for the fall frosts before picking the sloes.
- The pupils should be chard, the skin withered, to give their best.
Conservation of sloes:
Sloes keep a short time after being dried in the sun, but it is best to freeze them and cook them before cooking.
To know about the blackthorn
The blackthorn, also called black thorn, is part of the large family of Prunus as'apricot tree, the plum tree, thealmond, the to fish or the Cherry tree. It also serves as rootstock with apricot, plum and peach.
Very commonly used for making defensive hedges, we sometimes forget that it offers delicious fruit after frost.
Its early flowering is stunning, even before the leaves have appeared.
Sloes are astringent if picked too early but still rich in vitamin C, organic acids and tannin.
The pupils are thus used in the production of many recipes for brandy, wine or jams.
During the beautiful spring flowering, you can cut a few branches of your blackthorn and put them in a large vase, the decorative effect is guaranteed!
© René Metzler