The Celastrus orbiculatus is a rustic and resistant shrub that prefers sunny locations, but that can also grow in shady areas or in the middle of the shade. The celastro is a resistant plant and bears very well the winter cold, but not the action of the wind, so it is advisable to plant it in a place sheltered from strong winds.
Even during the coldest winters, it can withstand the effects of the weather without the need for special protection.
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As for the supply of water, it is advisable to water the celastro sporadically, only in periods of prolonged drought, normally the plant is satisfied with the seasonal rains and can find the water needed thanks to its developed root system.
Check that there are no dangerous water stagnations at the base of the plant, which could compromise its health.
In the spring, bury mature organic fertilizer at the foot of the plant.
The Celastrus orbiculatus prefers loose soils, well drained, rich of organic matter, but, being a rustic plant, it often grows also in unfavourable, poor and drought soils. The ideal soil for its development is the non calcareous one.
The multiplication of the Celastrus orbiculatus takes place easily by seed in spring and the celastro plant tends also to self-seed. If desired, it can be propagated also by cutting a portion of the roots: fleshy stolons from which often grow suckers. The practiced portions can be directly planted. In autumn it can be propagated by offshoot, by rooting well the new seedlings, before planting them permanently.
The seeds can also be used in November, placing them in special containers placed in cold greenhouses, where they can germinate in peace. Germination takes place after four months.
Celastro – Celastrus orbiculatus: Parasites and diseases
Celastro is a rustic and resistant plant that well defends itself from pests and diseases, however, powdery mildew and rust can cause damage to the leaves, without making us worry about the survival of the plant. Aphids attack the flowers and fruits, ruining the most decorative parts of the plant. Thrips and defoliating larvae can damage the leaves.
In case of presence of parasites, it is advisable to intervene with the use of specific products that will solve the problem in a short time.