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Caper bush, also known as Capparis spinosa, is a flowering plant that produces capers, which are pickled flower buds. Caper bush seeds are small, round, and brown, and can be used to grow new caper bushes.

Caper bushes are native to the Mediterranean region and prefer dry, rocky soils in full sun to partial shade. They are relatively easy to grow from seed, although it can take several years for the plant to mature and produce capers.

In addition to their culinary uses, caper bushes have been used in traditional medicine for their potential health benefits. The roots, bark, and leaves of the plant have been used to treat a variety of conditions, including fever, respiratory problems, and skin issues.

To grow caper bush seeds, here are some steps you can follow:

  1. Soak the seeds: Soak the caper bush seeds in warm water for 24 hours prior to planting.

  2. Prepare the soil: Choose a well-draining, sandy or rocky soil, and add organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure to improve its nutrient content and structure.

  3. Plant the seeds: Plant the caper bush seeds about 1/4 inch deep in the soil, spacing them at least 6 inches apart. Water the soil well after planting.

  4. Water and fertilize: Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, and fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season.

  5. Care for the plant: Caper bushes are relatively low-maintenance once established, but they do require pruning to encourage bushier growth and increased caper production. Prune the plant back after flowering, and remove any dead or yellowing leaves as needed.

Overall, growing caper bush seeds can be a rewarding process that yields a plant with both culinary and potential medicinal uses. Be patient, as it can take several years for the plant to mature and produce capers, but with proper care, you can enjoy fresh, homegrown capers for years to come.

Flower Specifications

  • Season: Perennial
  • USDA Zones: 9 - 11
  • Height: 24 inches
  • Bloom Season: Spring to early fall
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Environment: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Type: Well drained soil, but can tolerate poor quality
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Latin Name: Capparis spinosa

Planting Directions

  • Temperature: 41F Max
  • Average Germ Time: 1 - 3 months, For best results, freeze seeds in moist sand for 2 weeks, and then sow while keeping moist and dark.
  • Light Required: No
  • Depth: 1/4 inch
  • Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
  • Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
  • Plant Spacing: 36 - 48 inches

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