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West Bloomfield, MI

May 24, 2010
1:06 PM

Post #7823400

Perhaps a coincidence, but I just bought 2 of these today from our local nursery, unaware of the history behind it (will have to tell my mother about the "crown of thorns" reference). I'm torn as to which location I should plant them. I'm told they need mostly sun, but I have a front area that only gets dappled sun, at best. Really wanted to try Ninebark, but that also needs mostly sun. Do you know if it would affect the color if I planted it anyway??

Regardless, enjoyed your post.
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 24, 2010
7:27 PM

Post #7824464

Hi Inodora...good to hear from you again.

Dappled sun should be fine, I think. As I remember, that's what they got in the mountains.

Try it and see, if it doesn't grow, you can always move it next year.
Let me know what happens...

And thanks!
West Bloomfield, MI

May 31, 2010
1:26 PM

Post #7846258

I am still considering planting these. Not because of the light factor (found another area I could plant the barberry), but I now realize how bad the thorns are. (I had been warned about them from someone, but thought, How bad could they be??) Well, I found slivers in my hands that were needle thin. I've also since read about how they can carry tics. Have you heard of this?? The article even says they are trying to get people to stop planting them for many reasons. Ever hear of this??
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 31, 2010
7:59 PM

Post #7847432

Hello again...

I do know about the thorns, but never heard about carrying ticks. So I don't really know what to tell you.

Maybe a spray?
Not sure.

Sorry...I'm no help, am I?
West Bloomfield, MI

June 2, 2010
1:08 PM

Post #7852526

That's okay, enjoy the feedback anyway. I'm learning a lot from these sites. I did somewhere read that a movement was being made to discourage people from growing barberry. I thought it was interesting (don't remember where I saw it,tho). It had something to do with it promoting weed growth and transferring tics. Strange, Huh, since many are grown here commercially.

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