Capers – Growing

Q: Can you grow capers in Georgia?

A: I enjoy capers on my pasta but I’ve had no experience growing them.

I consulted a friend who has lived and traveled in Italy. She says capers are the pickled buds of a small bush, Capparis spinosa, which is native to the Mediterranean region. Italian gardeners put caper seeds into a ripe fig and smash it onto the top of a stacked stone retaining wall. Nourished by fig pulp, the seed germinates and grows into the soil behind the wall. My guess is that capers would not do well here due to our high humidity in summer and soggy soil in winter.

Growing Capers in the US

caperbush flower and buds

caperbush flower and buds

caperbush flower and buds

caperbush flower and buds