Plants

Butcher’s broom

How to water the butcher’s broom

The butcher’s broom was widespread in the past spontaneously and was used as protection from mice attracted to crops, but also for the production of brooms. It grows among broad-leaved trees and in arid areas, on calcareous earth and at low altitude. As for watering, the holly plant needs it frequently in summer, especially for young plants or for those in pots. But in winter it is better to reduce the water intake. In addition, any stagnation that compromises the plant must be checked. In spring, a fertilizer with water is recommended to provide the nutrients necessary for its development. But the butcher ‘s broomit is very resistant, even to drought. It wants dry soil and in the first year of cultivation it should be watered every two weeks if there is no rain. Subsequently watering must be monthly. After about two years it no longer needs water because a healthy butcher’s broom does not need any kind of irrigation.

How to grow butcher’s broom


The butcher’s broom or butcher’s broom is a plant that does not require a particular soil, but adapts to any drained and tending to calcareous soil. If the earth you want to use is too compact, it is good practice to mix gravel and sand. The cultivation of the butcher’s broom in pots recalls the use of mixtures for citrus fruits, to which crushed stone and clay are added. To multiply a ruscus aculeatus it is good to divide the tufts in March or September or transplant the shoots. While for the reproduction with the seed that is carried out in September, the result is made to wait longer. However, sowing is carried out in autumn with the berry or in spring by burying the grains. In any case, keep the soil moist even if some seeds are actually sterile. Consequently, it is better to use many. However, the simpler the division, which takes place by extracting the bush from the earth and then reducing the rhizome into many parts. Each part will have to have a root and also a shoot. Otherwise, the towers to be taken in spring are used, with some roots.

How to fertilize the butcher’s broom


To obtain a beautiful butcher’s broom plant, it must be fertilized according to the seasons. For example, in spring it is advisable to opt for a fertilizer with nitrogen and potassium in order to facilitate development. In winter, on the other hand, the organic one is used to mix with the earth around the plant. However, the growth of the butcher’s broom is rather slow so there is no need to prune it. Check it maybe at the beginning and at the end of the summer just for the shape. The adult butcher’s broom does not require extraordinary or complex maintenance and care. Planting it in the garden means recreating its habitat, in fact it grows well spontaneously in rather hot climates and on arid soils. Only the young butcher’s broom fears frosts and the coldest winds, while the adult plant tolerates harsh but not humid climates.

Butcher’s broom: Diseases and parasites of the butcher’s broom


Pests and diseases of the butcher’s broom plant do not cause serious consequences, although root rot usually creates leaf and general decay. Powdery mildew is a disease that produces white spots on the stems and leaves that dry out as a result. For the rest, the butcher’s broom appears to be immune to parasites. Even in case of errors in cultivation this plant is always tolerant. The butcher’s broom is used for both health and cooking. Known since ancient times, the most used part of the plant is that of the rhizome to obtain excellent medicaments with diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties. While in the kitchen the part to be used are the sprouts, which despite their bitter taste are still pleasing to the palate, so much so that they are considered real delicacies. Finally, here is the butcher’s broom decorating the house with its bright branches; when in winter some red berries peek out from among the green leaves to brighten up Christmas. In fact, the butcher’s broom is used to replace mistletoe or holly.

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