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These are edible forms of the honeysuckle; Lonicera caerulea. Their fruits are very similar to blueberries in taste and looks, and can be eaten raw or used in jams and jellies.
Like blueberries, they are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C and make an interesting addition to your fruit collection.
Honeyberries are easy to grow. A good-sized, healthy canopy is needed to support the growth of fruit. Pruning encourages production of large, high-quality fruit, and encourages earlier blooming of flower buds.
Fertilizer is often necessary to provide the optimum level and balance of nutrients for honeyberry bush growth. Poor vigor and leaf discoloration often indicate lack of fertilization. Mulching will help reduce the frequency of watering. Honeyberries are famous for being tolerant to heat and drought. You can even overwater them, but you should be careful, however, with younger or newly planted honeyberry bushes.
Bees pollinate honeyberry bushes. In many instances, wild bees will be present in sufficient numbers to pollinate the flowers. Bumblebees are more effective pollinators than honeybees.
Honeyberries are famous for fruiting early. They fruit at least two weeks before strawberries. They fruit for a two to three week period, depending on variety. Honeyberries can produce berries for thirty years or more.
They can produce berries being just one year old so start anticipating a different, but scrumptious treat!