How to Grow and Cultivate Hawthorn

Hawthorn is a bush that is a member of the Crataegus species. This bush yields beautiful clusters of red (often black) berries, and it is a perfect example of the powerful, potent abilities of nature to heal health complaints and maladies.

The use of the hawthorn bush, and its berry often known as the “haw,” dates as far back as the 1st century AD.

The particular strong point of the hawthorn is that it can cure many different cardio vascular conditions. Many clinical trials have proven its effectiveness quite conclusively.

The official prescription of hawthorn berries has a reputed lineage too, with American doctors having prescribed it since the 19th century! The powerful nature of the herb is evident in its use – it can even treat mild heart failure. Apart from that, it can also lower blood pressure, help maintain good artery health, and cleanse the blood with its potent anti-oxidant power – thus keeping you fit, healthy, and on your feet.

Cultivation of Hawthorn

Hawthorn shrubs yields the completely edible hawthorn berries, which are quite popular. As a result, many gardens grow this delightful shrub. The delicate flowers of the hawthorn berry arrive around May, and the very useful berries are not far behind.

It is quite easy to grow, and aside from regular cutting and trimming, not much needs to be done.

  • The garden bed should be well tilled first. Remove any stones or other materials, and loosen the soil with a hoe.
  • Check the nutrient content of your soil. As hawthorn will give fruit, it needs some excess minerals, such as calcium and potassium for complete and good growth. If your soil is lacking of these ingredients, you should use fertilizers to get them up to range. In that case, dig a deep trench, and place the fertilizers there. Then cover up the fertilizer with a good few inches of unfertilized soil, and plant your hawthorn on top of this layer.
  • You can either grow hawthorns from cuttings, or from saplings or from seeds. For best results purchase saplings of the shrub from a nearby nursery
  • Plant the hawthorn shrubs about 1 to 2 feet apart. If you wish to build a wall, plant them closer together.


Tips on Growing Hawthorn

You don’t have to buy a large number of saplings to start your hawthorn garden. Just buy one. As it grows, you can take cuttings from this hawthorn shrub to get more shrubs. This is cost effective, and does not harm the plant in any way.

Hawthorns are thorny bushes that can easily deter large wildlife, such as deer. You can easily use hawthorn to make an impenetrable outer wall for your garden. Plant your hawthorn cuttings around the perimeter of your garden and slowly build up this amazing fencing option.

Hawthorn berries are a prized edible of many birds, such as blackbirds and humming birds. These are very entertaining to watch, and you can consider having a water bath and sand bath installed in your garden for their pleasure.

If, on the other hand, you want a large quantity of berries for yourself, you might have to net the plants while they are growing berries to keep the birds away. One solution is to have a few hawthorn shrubs, and to net some for yourself, and keep some open for the birds to enjoy.

You have to keep the plants well-trimmed in order to ensure maximum berry output. Remember to trim well before they flower. Hawthorn berries flower around May.

Medicinal Uses of Hawthorn

Hawthorn is a potent berry that has some very practical medical applications. It has been shown to be great for the heart in both animal and human studies. Additionally, it has been prescribed for centuries for heart conditions. It also has some anti-inflammatory action that is great for treating wounds, sores and boils.

As a cure for mild heart failure – Heart failure is a serious issue and you must never attempt to self-diagnose or treat your heart failure. Consult a doctor before use. However, studies have shown hawthorn berries to be greatly effective in preventing and treating heart failure. You should ask your doctor about the proper dosage, however.

To improve artery health – Hawthorn berries and their powerful anti-oxidant action greatly improve artery health. Hawthorn users have been shown to have avoided atherosclerosis (‘hardened arteries”) – they have flexible, healthy arteries, that are a key to good cardiovascular health.

Bust your cholesterolHawthorn can effectively get rid of the bad LDL cholesterol that is clogging up your arteries. Lowering cholesterol levels is quite a challenge, and hawthorn can make it easier.

Lowers your blood pressure – Hawthorn dilates blood vessels, and this can significantly lower blood pressure. Hawthorn can help maintain a regular, healthy blood pressure level.

Bust intestinal infections – Tapeworms and other intestinal complaints can be treated effectively with hawthorn berries.

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