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Native to Siberia, this edible member of the honeysuckle family is incredibly hardy (down to -40C!) and is a wonderful addition to the ever-growing range of super-fruits. The large elliptical berries are a similar colour and taste to blueberries with a slight aftertaste of honey. The fruit is very high in antioxidants, loaded with vitamin C and retains flavour and form when frozen. Honeyberries are a versatile fruit as they can be eaten fresh and used in making jams, jellies and even ice-cream! Very hardy, drought resistant and easy to grow with the added advantage of being virtually pest and disease free. Unlike blueberries, does not require acidic soil. Two plants are necessary for pollination purposes which is why we grow two different varieties in one pot to create a single self-pollinating plant. Eventual height and spread: 1.2m (4ft). Cropping season: late May/June.
Plant 1.5m (5ft) – 2m (7ft) apart, in rows 4ft (14ft) apart.
Honeyberries will grow well in most soils but loose & free-draining soil with a pH of 6.5 would be ideal. They can, however cope with a range between 5 & 8.
Dig a hole approx 50cm deep & wide and place the plant in. Firm the soil around the plant & water in well.
Pruning is best done in early spring as the plant breaks into bud, however it is recommended to keep pruning to a minimum to maximise fruit yield. Mulch yearly with well rotted manure or compost to retain moisture & suppress weeds. Apply a general fertiliser in spring.