The Q&A Archives: Wind Tolerance

Question: I am in a new development that is very open. I live on 1.5 acres. I purchased two of the cherry bomb Japanese Barberry. My question is that sometimes I get light to moderate wind with all the open space I have. Can they take some wind?

Answer: Berberis is usually a fairly tough plant that can take demanding conditions, including wind. Make sure the plants are well watered until they establish their root systems. Wind can be very drying, so if you experience some windy periods, make sure the plants aren't stressed for water. Use a soil probe (any long, pointed piece of metal or wood to poke into the soil) to check how far water has penetrated. The probe moves easily through moist soil, but stops when it hits hard dry soil. The first year, roots will probably grow about one foot deep, and then two feet deep as the plants mature in following years.

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