Crataegus monogyna for sale – Easy plant to grow with edible fruit, also grown for the ornamental for the leaves and shade plant, planting season in winter to summer, better to buy plant, grafted tree or another option to start from seeds yet more challenging.
Properties – Therapeutically used for mild cardiac disorders and nervous system disorders.
Location – sunny or partially shaded situations to optimize flowering
Soil – Clay, ordinary, limestone soil with a pH from alkaline to acidic
Flowering period – in the spring white or pink flowers
Pruning – Hawthorn is very easy to grow and requires little care when properly installed. The size of the hawthorn is not essential unless it is part of a hedge and, in which case, it will be necessary to prune regularly. Uncut, the hawthorn can grow large and the diameter of its branches important. For the formation of a tree, keep only the strongest stem and remove the others when planting. To build a hedge, prune in spring but always after flowering.
Harvesting – In Common hawthorn, all parts of the shrub have an interest: flowers and fruits. We can thus harvest flowers, leaves and berries.
Harvesting the flowers: Harvesting takes place during flowering time but especially at the beginning when there are very few leaves. Make sure you only harvest flowers, without leaves or twigs.Dry the flowers by spreading them on the ground in a dry and ventilated place, dimly bright and without direct sun.
Harvesting common hawthorn leaves: The best time to harvest the leaves is in the spring, when the leaves are still young. The leaves are stored in an airtight box, like a shoebox, protected from light.
Harvest of common hawthorn berries: Common hawthorn berries are harvested in the fall or winter.