Tiny Barberry question

nico6196(Z5a)September 13, 2009

We had a tiny japanese barberry come up next to our big one. It's about 7" tall and is looking good. I would like to see it survive and continue to do well next summer (in the hopes of transplanting it somewhere else in our garden next summer or the summer after that). Should I provide it with some winter protection? If so, how should I protect it?

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halaeva(z6 Toronto)

Hi nico6196.
I am glad that you posted that question,because I also have little seedling identified as Barberry Bush.I am not sure how to protect it against winter cold.Thick layer of mulch and protection against winter wind by covering the plant with burlap.this is what I would do,but maybe there is some better way to help the plant to survive.

Here is a photo of mine.can you see similarity?

    Bookmark   September 13, 2009 at 7:28PM
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Barberries are hardy to zones 4 and 5 based upon the kind you have, but I would simply mulch the seedlings a bit and leave them be. At my former house I used to have a hedge of them and many times found seedlings at their base. I never did anything to protect them as this shrub was not considered garden worthy in the mid-80s. Now I could make a mint selling them!! LOL!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2009 at 8:55PM
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