Status: 09.12.2023, 08:00 a.m.
By: Ines Alms
The hardy Mediterranean snowball has pretty flowers and colorful berries. How to grow the evergreen plant in your garden or on the balcony.
Admittedly, the steel-blue fruits of the Mediterranean snowball (Viburnum tinus), which is also called laurel-leaved snowball or stone laurel, are not edible. But apart from that, the hardy plant has everything you would expect from a grateful, easy-to-care shrub: delicate flowers with an intense fragrance – depending on the variety from November to April, decorative fruit decorations and evergreen foliage even in winter. The Mediterranean snowball can be cultivated in a bed as well as in a container. And it can even be grown as a tall trunk. What more could you want?
From Location to Care: What the Mediterranean Snowball Needs
With a bit of luck, the Mediterranean snowball or laurel-leaved snowball (Viburnum tinus) will bear flowers and fruits at the same time. © imagebroker/Imago
The Mediterranean snowball, which can be up to four metres high, really doesn't make it difficult for garden lovers to grow and maintain. But there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Location: Sun to partial shade, preferably sheltered from the wind
- Planting time: preferably early autumn, but also possible in spring
- Soil: humus-rich, permeable and nutrient-rich
- Watering: must not dry out, water abundantly
- Fertilizing: April and July with organic fertilizer such as nettle manure or compost
- Pruning: best after flowering; Plant tolerant of pruning, but grows slowly
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Even though the Mediterranean snowball is a hardy plant, at least in mild regions, winter protection, such as plant fleece, is useful as a precaution in frosty temperatures. The plant often tolerates temperatures as low as minus 12 degrees Celsius. But the tips of the shoots are a little more sensitive to cold. This is especially true for cultivation as a container plant. Especially in pots, waterlogging and direct midday sun should be avoided. In addition, the plant is happy about a weekly application of liquid fertilizer.