Honeyberry - planting, care & propagation

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In itself, the honey berry is extremely easy to care for, and also hardy - and it convinces by an upright, but relatively slow growth. It can grow up to a meter fifty high and wide and is indeed a real "gem" in the home garden. However, the flowers are rather small, but exude in the flowering time, a very fine and very pleasant scent.
A taste that has it all
Those who love blueberries will certainly appreciate the honey berry, because the fact is that you can easily compare their taste with each other: fresh, fruity and - one may say with justification - quite a bit "woody". Incidentally, it is both the high content of vitamins (especially vitamins B and C are included in a high proportion), as well as the considerable pectin and carotene content, which make the honey berry in itself so popular and at the same time so significant.
Easy care, but regular water supply is mandatory
Like any other plant, the honeybee bush regularly needs water and plenty of sun. Ideally, shady places should be avoided when choosing a location, but experience has shown that this is also possible - at least for a while. may be a little partial shade. If the plant is exposed to the blazing sun, there is a risk of burns for the foliage. A special caution is therefore required in any case. Nevertheless, the focus is on the nature of the soil to lay. This should ideally be very loose, partly clayey and above all very humus rich. This would create the ideal living conditions for a rich fruit crop.
Additional nutrients - yes, but with care
When it comes to planting the shrub, no strict guidelines are to be observed. The important thing is that the soil, as mentioned, is loose and that enough water is added. In order to create a well-dosed basis for efficient growth, fertilizers and other chemical "cudgels" are taboo in this respect - because who would like to have honey berries? eat with artificial additives?
If you like, you can cut the honeyberry in spring to get it into shape. On the one hand, it is enough to remove dead branches and shoots as well as brown flowers and foliage, but on the other hand it does not hurt to look at a rich growth and prune the plant easily after flowering. This provides even more branchy shoots, more flowers and thus an even richer fruit yield. Apropos: Experience has shown that it is advisable to plant the honeyberry together with lily of the valley to enjoy a better harvest later in the summer. Because the lily of the valley separates a special substance, which gets into the roots of the honeybee bush and thus stimulates it in the long term to a more intensive growth.
The honey berry is to be found in different variations in the well-stocked specialized trade:

  • Morena
  • Maistar
  • Lonicera
  • Fialka
  • Amur
  • Mailon or too
  • Black honeyberry
It is quite possible to grow the plant both in the bed and to use it as a potted or container plant. However, it should be taken into account in this regard that in pot plants other drinking and air conditions prevail. Certainly - the plant is considered to be extremely easy to maintain, but appropriate plants that are placed in the conservatory, on the terrace or even on the windowsill in the living room, regularly with water and natural (!) Additional nutrients are supplied. Because otherwise, as a "normal" garden soil loses the Kübelerde with time to valuable nutrients. And so it would not be surprising if the leaves over time pale green or even brown and the fruit yield leaves something to be desired with time. So when it comes to getting a rich harvest from the honeyberry plant without investing too much time and care, it is more appropriate to settle the plant in the bed.
With a view to the desired propagation of the plants, a cuttings can simply be pulled and first planted in a flower pot.
  • Type / Family: Shrub.
  • Care: Low. Easy care
  • Flowering time: April to May with rather inconspicuous, elongated, greenish white-yellow small hanging funnel flowers
  • Harvest: Depending on the variety from May to July of the long blue honey-sweet berries, the taste of blueberries. High yields usually only after several years of existence
  • Foliage: ovate, slightly tapered leaves in light green
  • Growth: Compact upright growth. Slow growing
  • Ingredients: carotene, high pectin content, vitamins B and C
  • Height: 100 to 150cm and as wide
  • Location: Sunny to partially shaded, with partial shade being preferred.In the blazing sun leaves can burn. Loose, humus, like loamy soil
  • Planting time: As long as the soil is not frozen
  • Cut: Not necessary, but cut compatible
  • Partner: Planting with lily of the valley increases the yield
  • Care: Soil should not dry out. Soft fruit in spring
  • Wintering: Winter hardy
  • Diseases / Problems: No problem
  • Specialties: Also called Maiberere, Doppelbeere or Honey blue
Varieties (selection)
  • 'Amur: enjoyment June to early July. For better fertilization, assemble with Maistar
  • 'Fialka: Big 3-4cm long sky blue fruits. High yield with about 1.8kg per shrub. Enjoyable June to early July. For better fertilization, assemble with Morena
  • 'Lonicera: 1-2cm long fruits in dark blue in May
  • 'Maistar: enjoyable June to early July. For better fertilization, assemble with Amur
  • 'Mailon: enjoyable June to early July
  • Morena: Large 3-4cm long light up blue fruits. High yield with about 2kg per shrub. Ready to eat May to mid-June. For better fertilization use 'Fialka
Remove honeybee stains
Stains can be removed well with citric acid
Kitchen - In addition to the fresh consumption they are due to the high pectin content very well suited for the production of jam, jam and fruit juice
Freezing: Maibereren (applies to all berries) side by side on a plate, a plate or a bowl and place in the freezer. Freeze only and then place in a freezer bag or a freezer tray. So they stick less frozen together so that you can remove them individually and they get less pressure points.

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