Caring for Mahonia aquifolium or Oregon Grape

Mahonia aquifolium

This is a plant that is not very well known yet. It is an evergreen shrub that can be potted since it grows only 1,5 meters. It has a rounded shape, which gives it a very compact, very small ... but very elegant appearance.

La Mahonia aquifolium, which is scientifically called, in the cold months it acquires a spectacular purple hue. By the way, it can live in a wide variety of climates. Do you want to know how to take care of it? Let's go there.

Fruits of the Mahonia aquifolium

La Mahonia aquifolium it is an evergreen shrub native to western North America. The fruits look like grapes, although bluish in color, and they are edible. These begin to ripen in late spring, as soon as the flowers begin to fade. Its leaves are leathery, dark green, with slightly serrated edges.

And the best thing is that it does not require any special care to be able to live, although it is true that prefers slightly cool climates, although this will not prevent it from growing in Mediterranean climates, as long as it is protected from direct sun in these areas. In fact, it can grow even in full shade.

Young Mahonia aquifolium

If we talk about irrigation, it must be frequentespecially during the summer, during which we have to prevent the soil from drying out. It can be used to pay with any mineral or organic fertilizer, you can even pay one month with one and the following month with another.

By the way, they grow in all kinds of soils, and it's not a whopping thing, so much so that withstands frosts down to -7ºC. So what are you waiting for to have one in your garden? 😉 If you want to see it germinate, you must buy its seeds in autumn, to stratify them in the fridge and plant them in a pot three months later.

Have you heard of the Mahonia aquifolium? What do you think?


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  1.   Yanina said

    The information they provide is great from all the aspects that you need to know to have a plant, they are short, without taking many detours when providing the information, concise and clear. Excellent work!

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Thank you very much for your kind words, Yanina.