Thursday, May 3, 2012

My Caper Plants One Year Later

Last March my daughter brought me 2 caper seedlings from California, I kept them in the 4" pot until fall then moved up to 1 gallon pot, they overwintered in our old house unheated enclosed patio, I brought them home last weekend, here's how they look now. 

 May 3rd, 2012 - wonder how long I can keep them in 1 gallon pot, 
they look different, one is more upright with smaller leaves,
and the other is more like a vine with bigger leaves, could be different strains.  
I'm so tempted to take cuttings from these plants and try to root them.


 When I got them in March 2011.
I was trying to root the broken tiny sprout in a cup - it die, I forgot to water.
 








7 comments:

becky3086 said...

Interesting. I have never grown capers so I have no idea.

Daphne said...

Hopefully they will bloom for you this year. Or bud I guess is what you are going for. Good luck.

Mac said...

becky3086, Daphne,
Hoping they will bloom or bud this year, I'm waiting to see what happens next, this is all new to me.
I should drop by Michelle's and read up on her caper growing experience.

Michelle said...

Looking good! My experience with capers in pots is that you can keep them in a one gallon pot for a long time, but they will only get to a certain size. As soon as you put them in a larger pot they will grow bigger, but only up to a certain size. The larger the pot, the larger the plant will be. Capers are somewhat difficult to grow from cuttings, you'll get the best results with rooting hormone and bottom heat, and even then not all the cuttings will take. But this is the time of year to take cuttings if you want to try it. I suppose that your plants were probably grown from seed, capers are highly variable from seed so the same seed stock can produce plants with different growth habits.

Mac said...

Michelle,
Thanks for the tips, I think I should wait until they bloom and set buds (hopefully) before I try to do anything new. Mmmm~~~ maybe in for a long wait:P

Unknown said...

do you happen to remember where the seedlings came from? or what name was on the pot? im having the hardest time finding seedlings.

Mac said...

Unknown,
My daughter was traveling through northern Calif. in Davis area when she found the seedlings, she doesn't remember the name of the "herb farm", and there's no label on the pot, good luck with your search, please come back and let us know if you find the caper seedlings.