Growing capers in a simple way are possible, even without being expert gardeners. It is, in fact, possible to grow the caper in a pot. Here are the tips on how to do it.
The caper plant
Knowing a plant before growing it is essential because it means knowing how to take care of it in the best way. The caper is a Mediterranean plant, with shiny, green and fleshy leaves. The caper grows spontaneously on the Mediterranean coasts, we can see it among the cracks in the walls and the cracks in the rocks where the temperature is certainly warmer and drier.
The plant blooms, in fact, between summer and spring. Its roots are used in herbal medicine while its buds are used in the culinary field. They are collected still closed and then preserved in oil or in salt, taking that characteristic aromatic flavor that distinguishes them. As we all know, they are used to flavoring meat, fish, but also as ingredients for pizzas and pasta. And they are very popular in the kitchen.
Cultivation in pots
To cultivate get yourself at home, first of all, a vessel long and narrow and draining material, such as clay or stones, to be positioned on the bottom. The soil which will form the base of the plant will consist of 1/3 from field soil and sand, another third from the universal soil and the last part of the drainage material.
At this point, you can proceed with the planting of the caper in the pot. First put the draining material at the bottom, mixing it with the other two components, and filling the pot for about 3/4. Proceed to implant the caper but be careful to leave the “collar” uncovered, so that it can remain exposed to the air. Finally, move on to the important watering phase: water abundantly but several times. Fertilized with a small number of pellets or with NPK fertilizer granules, which is nothing more than a fertilizer composed of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, present both in solid and liquid form.
Exposure and maintenance of the caper plant
It is advisable to expose the pot in a sunny or semi-sunny area of the house, for the duration of the good season. Furthermore, the watering operations must be carried out as needed: the soil must be kept moist but not full of water. In any case, the greatest danger must be avoided, that is, that the earth dries and the plant dies in a few days. In winter, however, the paper will lose its leaves and it will be the right time to start pruning: shorten the branches by a few centimeters and place the pot in a place where frost, rain but not even the excessive heat due to the radiators cannot penetrate present in the house. For example, a good solution may be the stairwell or a garage.