Honeyberry - Planting and Care Guide
A very unique plant, Honeyberry is actually a species of Honeysuckle with sweet and tasty fruit. The Honeysuckle family consists of over 200 species of vines and bushes, almost all of which are used solely as decorative plants. This very hardy species is a small bush native to Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East, where, from ancient times, the native people have gathered and consumed the fruit in large quantities. Honeyberry is particularly valued for its tasty blueberry–like fruit, its extremely early ripening, at least two weeks before strawberries, and for its exceptional hardiness, to below minus 40° F.
How To Grow
- Site & Soil: Honeyberry is not too fussy about soils and climate. Moist soils are best, either naturally or with irrigation. It will not survive, however, in very wet areas where the ground water is at the surface for long periods of time. As with most fruit and berry plants, good light exposure is important. Plants can be spaced four to five feet apart. To maintain adequate soil moisture, mulching with compost, peat moss or other similar material is helpful. Water regularly during dry spells. For healthy, vigorous growth, apply compost, composted manure, or other fertiliser in fall or early spring
- Not self–fertile. Plant at least two varieties if fruit is desired.
- One of the very hardiest fruiting plants - to minus 40° F,
- First or second year after planting.
Pests and Diseases:
- No insect or disease damage has been observed or reported. Birds love the fruit, so putting nets on the bushes may be necessary.
- Removal of dead branches is the only pruning recommended during the first three to five years after planting. After this, every two to three years in early spring, before growth begins, remove broken branches and thin out weak and small shoots from the centre of the bush.