Growing Caper Plants In Your Yard
Caper plants (Capparis spinosa) are usually found growing wild in the Mediterranean in dry stony areas similar to those where olives are grown. Caper plants are sometimes confused with the brined and dried fish called anchovies, since both are harvested from the same regions and are processed similarly. They are actually immature buds plucked from a small bush native to the Middle East and Mediterranean regions of the world. Fresh blossoms are not especially flavorful, but their sharpness increases dramatically after sun-drying and brining in vinegar. Growing caper plants can be achieved via propagation from seed, although finding a seed source is more of a challenge. If seed for growing capers is located, one may try growing them in a large pot with a base of coarse rock or crumbled brick. Take care not to overwater as the plant’s foliage is a natural water conservator.
Caper seeds are very tiny and germinate readily but in low percentiles. Dried seeds are more difficult to germinate and should be soaked for one day in warm water, then wrapped in damp towel, sealed in a jar and refrigerated for two to three months. Post refrigeration, re-soak seeds overnight and then plant at a depth of 1 cm in well drained medium. Caring for caper plants requires a steady stream of strong sunlight and an arid climate. Growing caper plants have a hardiness range similar to olive trees (18 degrees F. or -8 degrees C.) and can also tolerate summer temperatures of over 105 degrees F. (41 degrees C.).
Outdoor Backyard Garden With Flowering Caper Plants
Growing capers are the buds of a shrub-like perennial (3 to 5 feet high) which has a multitude of spiny branches bearing 2-inch white flowers with purple stamens.
Caper Plants With White Flowers
Capers can be found in European foods and in those of Africa and India as well, where cultivation of growing capers is found.
Backyard Garden With Caper Plants
Caper plants are small shrubs, and may reach about one meter upright.
White Flowering Caper Plants
When growing a caper bush, the plant itself is quite tolerant and develops deep root systems, the better to avail itself of its resources in a difficult environment.
Outdoor Garden Caper Plants
Capers are those little green ‘berries’ that you can buy either packed in salt or pickled in jars.
Caper Plants In The Garden Yard
Caper bush grows well in very dry conditions as they come from the Mediterranean, northern Africa and the Middle East, which means they prefer similar conditions to grapes, olives and pistachios.
Outdoor Yard Caper Plants
Dry heat and intense sunlight make the preferred environment for caper plants. Plants are productive in zones having 350 mm annual precipitation (falling mostly in winter and spring months) and easily survive summertime temperatures higher than 40°C (105° F).
Caper Plants In The Outdoor Garden
Capers are salt-tolerant and flourish along shores within sea-spray zones.Label: plants pictures, growing plants, plants images, caper plant images, caper plants, .