Pimple Nut care: location, watering, fertilizing and wintering

Pimple nut care

Pimper’s, very rare in most places. Very nice to look at and also extremely robust – provided the care is correct.

Pimple nut care
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The Pimpernuss (Staphylea pinnata) is without doubt one of the most attractive representatives of the domestic ornamental shrubs. However, the plants have become a rarity with their pretty umbellifers and the edible chaff nuts in the wild, as in the native gardens. Therefore, the attractive shrubs are on the red list. Are you looking for an eye-catcher for your home garden, you can help the Pimpernuss to a renaissance. If you take care of some care instructions, you will enjoy the decorative ornamental tree for many years and be able to harvest raspberry nuts diligently.

  Pimpernut (Staphylea pinnata)
 Growth rate:20 – 30 cm a year
 Height:200 – 400 cm
 Spread:150-300 cm
 Root system:Heart-rooting
 Location:Sun to partial shade
 Ground:moist and loose, humus, kalkliebend

Pimpernuss pour properly

The pimple nut needs sufficient water after planting. Older plants need less watering. Only during longer dry periods and in hot summers additional irrigation is necessary. Otherwise, the trees supply their roots with water and nutrients.

Tip: If the pimple nut is too dry, it indicates this by loose and rolled leaves.

The plants do not tolerate waterlogging. Therefore, care should be taken during planting and drainage applied to the soil. If the plant is cultivated in a bucket, regular irrigation is indispensable. The supply of water and nutrients in the planter is too low and the pimple nut must be regularly supplied with water.

Tip: The plants prefer a high humidity. Therefore, the pimple-nut on hot days can tolerate a cold shower from the plant sprayer.

For irrigation soft water should be used. If you have no rainwater available, the water should not come directly from the line. Use stale tap water and avoid using the sediment.


  • Water young plants regularly
  • water older plants only in prolonged drought
  • Pay attention to the condition of the substrate and the leaves
  • Use soft, low-calcium water.

Fertilize pimple nut properly

The pimple nut prefers a nutrient-rich soil. Normal garden soil is usually suitable for cultivation. By incorporating compost into the soil, the pimple nut receives a valuable long-term fertilizer. You can mix mature compost into the substrate during planting. The raspberry nut tolerates appropriate fertilizers in spring and autumn.

Alternatively, you can also use fertilizer for ornamental shrubs. If you use slow-release fertilizer, you also only have to fertilize in the spring. Long-term fertilizer is also recommended for Staphylea used in the bucket.

A very good organic fertilizer is also the foliage of the chattering nut. You can leave the foliage around the tree in autumn on the ground. The leaves decompose and the nutrients penetrate into the soil.


  • Give long-term fertilizer in spring and autumn
  • Add compost to the substrate
  • Leave foliage on the ground after leaf fall
  • Regularly provide potted plants with long-term fertilizer for ornamental shrubs

Does the pimple nut have to be cut?

The pimple nut grows very slowly. Only a growth of about 25 centimeters per year is achieved. So you do not have to intervene with cutting measures to reduce the size, because the plants will not grow over your head.

Even a regular shape cut will not be necessary. When you look at your pimple nut, it becomes clear that the plant has a very appealing growth habit.

If disturbing shoots, which either rise too long or grow inwards, can of course be used for scissors. The same applies to dead plant parts or sick shoots.

Tip: The best time to cut clutters is early spring before the growing season.

Important care measures at a glance

care measureexplanation
to waterYoung plants need water regularly. Older outdoor plants need to be watered only during prolonged drought. Container plants need water regularly. Occasional spraying of the plant opposes a high humidity.
FertilizeThe nutrient requirement is comparatively high. Compost is very well suited as a slow-release fertilizer. The leaves can be left on the ground in autumn and also provides the plant with nutrients. Tipper plants supply you best with a long-term fertilizer for ornamental shrubs.
To cutA regular cut is not displayed. The trees grow slowly. In early spring old and dead branches can be removed.

Hibernate the pimiento nut

… in the field

During wintering, the age of the plant plays a role. Older pimpernuts that are well rooted will survive the winter in our latitudes without any special protective measures. In younger plants, you are well advised to wrap the trunk with fleece. A deciduous or brushed layer on the ground protects the roots from freezing.

Tip: In rough locations, a protected location for the pimple nut is generally an advantage.

… in the bucket

The chatter can be cultivated well in the bucket during the first years. For potted plants, however, there are other requirements with regard to care. The Pimpernuss would not survive the hibernation outdoors. In the planter is little soil available. The bucket freezes easily and this would mean the death of the roots.

Attention: container plants must be wintered in the house.

As winter quarters, choose a cool room for your container plant. Frost must not prevail in winter quarters. A dark cellar would be the wrong place for the winter. The room does not have to be bright as the plants shed their leaves and thus no photosynthesis takes place, but some light should nevertheless enter the room.

In winter quarters, the pimple nut is not fertilized. Check the plant regularly. The soil must not dry out. Pay attention to economical watering, because the risk of waterlogging is particularly high in winter quarters.

Tip: In mid-May, when frost is no longer expected, the pimple nut may be returned to the bucket in the bucket.

Avoid care mistakes when cultivating the pimple nut

The pimple nut is a pretty robust plant. If the mentioned care instructions are observed, you will be happy about healthy and strong plants. Care should be avoided if possible:

care errorseffects
too much waterIf the pimple nut watered too often, the irrigation water can no longer run off and accumulates in the ground. It comes to the emergence of waterlogging, which attacks the roots and unrecognized leads to the death of the roots. Especially potted plants are endangered. Drainage in the bottom of the vessel has a preventive effect.
not enough waterIf too little is poured, the plant dries out. If the soil has dried, irrigation is necessary. Check the plant regularly. If the leaves are limp and curled at the edges, must be cast as soon as possible.
wrong locationIf the pimple nut is too dark, this will be noticeable in the growth. In a dark location, the flower will probably fail to bloom and you will not be able to harvest raspberry nuts.

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