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Sloeids prefer to thrive on forest roads and roadsides. Of course, you can also plant sloe in the garden. How this is done, read here.
Sloe, also called black thorn, are often found in rural areas still very numerous. It is here that jams, liqueurs, wines and juices are often made from the fruit rich in vitamins. But sloe trees have much more to offer:
- bright white flowers - already early at the beginning of the year (from around March to April)
- Natural spectacle of the Red-backed Shrike (bird species) - likes to impale its prey animals (such as insects, mice, etc.) on the Schlehendornen
- Healing effect of fruits and flowers
If you do not have your own blackthorn in the garden, you often meet at the edge of the forest on this shrub, where you can harvest the delicious berries in autumn if necessary. Otherwise, you can also plant sloe in the garden.
Plant and maintain sloe
The up to 3 meters high growing sloe trees (available in gardening market as perennials in different sizes) prefer a calcareous soil. The respective planting place may lie in the sun as well as in partial shade.
As a disadvantage of blackthorn is often referred to their extensive root system. On the other hand, although this fact can have negative effects in a conventional garden, the sloe on the other hand serves as a good slope attachment. Their cultivation on slopes is therefore even recommended.
The subsequent care of the blackthorn is then a breeze. You really do not have to do more than radically cut back the plant in the spring. You can easily bring the sloe back to a desired shape. Longer dry periods make the plant little. That's why you rarely need to water them in summer. Also fertilization of the woodland is generally not necessary.
The black-blue, vitamin C-containing berry fruits are usually harvested after the first frost. They taste more aromatic, although still slightly acidic.
When harvesting, you should definitely wear gardening gloves, as the thorns could otherwise scratch your hands.
Due to the very large fruit kernel, which is coated with relatively little pulp, sloes are processed or preserved in the first place immediately after the harvest (reading tip: preserving fruit - presented 4 possibilities) and barely eaten raw.
Jams, juices, chutneys, liqueurs and syrups are great homemade gifts from the garden!