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Growing Honeyberries

Growing Honeyberry

Blue Velvet Honeyberry

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 A hardy, productive, early-season fruiting shrub with berries similar to Blueberries. Fruit is good for eating fresh or making wine, jelly, and desserts. Two forms are available, standard Honeyberry (Lonicera kamchatika) and Canadian Haskap (Lonicera caerulea). Plants are very cold hardy, surviving to zone 3. Not commonly grown in American gardens. Tasty fruit is high in antioxidants and vitamin C, and plants begin bearing 1 to 3 years after planting. Plant two varieties for best fruit production. Keep bare root plants cool and out of direct sunlight until planted. Can hydrate plants by soaking the roots in water for 2 to 3 hours before planting. Plant outdoors 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost in spring. Loosen the soil 12 inches deep and wide enough to fit all the roots. Add organic matter like compost to loosened soil. Spread roots out evenly, without bending. Fill in hole so that roots are an inch or two deeper than when grown in the nursery.

Maintenance

Long-lived plants for full sun to part shade, and prefers some shade in hot climates. Best in moist soil, but can be grown in any soil from dry sand to heavy clay. Tolerates both acidic and alkaline soils. Benefits from organic mulch. Pruning is recommended to keep plants growing and fruiting strongly. In the first few seasons, remove any damaged or dead stems in summer after fruiting. Older plants (5 years old or more) benefit from light pruning to encourage new shoot production and large fruit. Remove older shoots, leaving at least 75% of stems unpruned. Prune in winter or in summer after fruit is harvested.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165) or full rates of Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085) or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other unusual fruiting shrubs include Leikora Sea Berry / Sea Buckthorn (30439), Lingonberry (30285), and Nero Aronia (20085).

Complimentary Products

Moderate feeders, plants benefit from yearly fertilization in spring. Other fruiting shrubs include Blueberries, Currant, and Jostaberry.

Product Recommendations

Use Bird-X Netting to prevent birds from eating the fruit.

Honeyberry Facts

Honeyberry is easy-to-grow and usually not bothered by insect or disease pests. Powdery mildew disease sometimes occurs. Birds may feed on the fruit. This uncommon fruit is related to ornamental Honeysuckles and is growing in popularity.

 

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