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Sloes thrive on forest and path edges. Of course you can also plant sloes in the garden. Read here how this is done.Sloes taste very tasty
Sloes, also called blackthorn, are often still very numerous in rural areas. It is precisely there that jams, liqueurs, wines and juices are often made from the vitamin-rich fruits. But Schlehenstauden have much more to offer:
- bright white flowers - early in the year (from around March to April)
- Natural spectacle of the red-backed shrike (bird species) - is all too happy to impale its prey (e.g. insects, mice, etc.) on the sloe thorns
- Medicinal effects of fruits and flowers
If you do not have your own blackthorn in the garden, you will often come across this shrub at the edge of the forest, where you can harvest the delicious berries in autumn. Otherwise you can of course plant sloes in the garden yourself.
Plant and care for sloes
The sloe trees growing up to 3 meters high (available in garden centers as herbaceous plants in different sizes) prefer a calcareous soil. The respective planting location may be in the sun and partial shade.
The disadvantage of the sloe is often called its extensive root system. Although this fact can have negative effects in a conventional garden, on the other hand the sloe serves as a good slope fixation. It is therefore even recommended to grow them on slopes.
The subsequent maintenance of the blackthorn is child's play. You don't really have to do anything more than cut the plant radically in spring. You can easily bring the sloe back into the desired shape. Longer dry periods hardly affect the plant. That's why you rarely need to water them in summer. Fertilization of the wood is also generally not necessary.
The black-blue berries, which contain vitamin C, are usually only harvested after the first frost. As a result, they taste more aromatic, although still slightly sour.
When harvesting, be sure to wear gardening gloves, otherwise the thorns could scratch your hands.
Due to the very large fruit core, which is coated with relatively little pulp, sloes are primarily processed or preserved immediately after harvesting (reading tip: Preserving fruit - 4 options presented) and hardly ever eaten raw.
Jams, juices, chutneys, liqueurs and syrups are great homemade gifts from the garden!