Snow berries cut a good figure in the garden, especially in winter. You can decide for yourself whether you want to plant a single shrub or a hedge.Snow berries are also known as crack peas. Many people know the snow berry as a crack pea shrub, because the white berries of the shrub burst with a slight bang when thrown or crushed on the ground.
No matter whether as a single shrub or a hedge plant - the deciduous snow berry with its decorative berries always comes into its own. For example, it also looks great in combination with evergreen bushes. The berries are particularly eye-catching. As a rule, they are white. The hardy shrub is also available with pink or coral berries.
Caution is advised if you have children because the berries are weakly poisonous and not edible. So that the fun of the bang does not cause any damage, make your children aware of this and pay attention to thorough hand washing!
Location and soil
The snowberry is an undemanding shrub that grows almost everywhere. Sun, penumbra or shade - you can use the shrimp bush anywhere. The floor can be firm or permeable. All that is important is a slightly acidic to very alkaline pH. Only when the soil is very dry does the snow berry tend to have many roots. You can easily improve the soil with garden peat or compost.
How to plant the snow berry properly
1 Put the snowberry in the garden in May after the last night frosts. It is important that you water the root ball thoroughly before planting. In a bucket of water, it soaks up completely. It only takes a few minutes. When there are no more air bubbles, the root ball is well moistened.
2 Raise the planting hole so that it is twice as large and deep as the root ball. Then insert the shrub as straight as possible, fill it with soil, press the substrate firmly and water it vigorously. It is best to create a watering wall around the plant.
If you plant the snow berry as a hedge, plant about two to three plants per meter. In combination with other shrubs, the Knallerbsenstraub needs a distance all around, which corresponds to approximately half the final height. When planting areas, plant four to six young shrubs per square meter.
3 In the first few weeks after planting, you have to water the snow berries daily, ideally take a slurry, because they need a lot of water to grow well. A layer of mulch stores the moisture and supplies the soil with nutrients.
4 Later, the snow berry does not need any special care. The robust shrub does not need any fertilizer and rain showers are usually sufficient for irrigation. You only need to help with the garden hose in very long, hot dry periods.