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Varieties of non-shattering honeysuckle

Photo of varieties of non-shattering honeysuckle

In some cases, the harvest time may be missed and the berries fall to the ground. In order not to lose beneficial vitamins, many gardeners choose non-shattering varieties of honeysuckle.

Honeysuckle grows well even in harsh climatic conditions. This berry crop does not require careful care, hardly gets sick and can withstand even severe frosts. At the same time, it bears fruit every year and can grow in one place for several decades.

Honeysuckle fruits stick very poorly to the bush, so a special flooring around the bush is often used to collect them. Honeysuckle berries are blue, elongated, sweet and sour.

Important: In some cases, early fruit shedding may indicate the presence of a serious disease or improper care.

Non-shattering varieties of honeysuckle:

  • Roxana. A medium-height shrub with late-ripening berries. The berries are blue with a slight waxy coating, large. The taste of the berries is sweet and sour. The variety has high frost resistance and good disease resistance.
  • Nymph. Tall shrub with a dense crown. The berries are large in size, elongated, with a sweet and sour taste. The fruits are well retained on the branches and have a long shelf life.
  • Morena. Medium-sized, oval-shaped bush. The berries are large and ripen early. The fruits are elongated and jug-shaped. The taste of the fruit is sweet and sour.
  • Pavlovskaya. A shrub up to one and a half meters high with an obverse-conical crown. The berries are large — up to 3 cm, oval in shape, sweet and sour taste. The variety gives a good harvest and has high resistance to diseases.
  • Omega. A medium-sized shrub with a dense rounded crown. The berries are large, elongated, with a sweet and sour taste. The yield of the variety is average. The fruits tolerate transportation well.
  • Amphora. Large-fruited variety of medium ripening period. The shrub reaches a height of one and a half meters. The fruits are large, pitcher-shaped. The taste of the berries is sweet and sour. Transportability is good.
  • Volkhova. A shrub up to 2 meters high with oval fruits up to 1 g. The taste of the berries is sweet and sour with a strawberry flavor. The berries stay on the branches for a long time.

Honeysuckle variety Slavyanka

If you need to grow frost-resistant honeysuckle of medium maturity in your garden plot, take a closer look at the honeysuckle variety Slavyanka.

This variety of honeysuckle is a medium-sized shrub with a dense, wide crown. Fruit ripening is average, yield is high. The shrub has many straight shoots with large dark green leaves. The fruits are large, elongated, blue in color with a waxy coating. Taste characteristics are good – 4.5 points. Berries are sweet and sour, dessert.

The variety has high yield, frost resistance and resistance to many diseases. The skin of the fruit has a hard texture, which allows it to withstand long-term transportation.

The berries are suitable for homemade preparations and preparing various dishes.

The honeysuckle variety Slavyanka grows well in central Russia, as well as in Siberia and the Urals.

The variety does not require a lot of care, but at the same time it will delight you with stable yields. Basic care requirements include watering and fertilizing the honeysuckle. The roots must receive enough liquid and oxygen. To do this, you need to regularly water, hill up and weed the plant.

During flowering, the shrub is covered with small fragrant flowers, so it can have a decorative purpose. It is recommended to plant several varieties of honeysuckle for better pollination.

Distance between honeysuckle bushes when planting

The distance between honeysuckle bushes when planting is of great importance for the full growth and development of plants. Honeysuckle bushes grow up to 1.5 meters wide or more, so close planting will deprive them of sunlight. This is especially important if honeysuckle grows in the shade.

When planting, it is necessary to take into account the individual characteristics of the selected variety. As a rule, tall varieties grow the least in width. For them, it is enough to maintain a distance of about one and a half meters when planting. Shrubs with a spreading crown and an abundance of shoots should be planted at a distance of about 2 meters. With this planting, even after a few years, the plants will feel great without thickening the crown.

Tip: Having enough free space between the bushes makes caring for them easier, as well as harvesting.

In order for the expected yield to coincide with the actual one, it is necessary to purchase high-quality planting material. It is best to purchase seedlings from a nursery. This way you will get healthy plants with a high survival rate. Such seedlings have the greatest resistance to frost and disease.

Edible honeysuckle - leaves fade

Wilting of edible honeysuckle leaves may be the first sign of plant disease. The leaves change color, dry out and fall off. The metabolism inside the plant is disrupted, which tries to compensate for the premature wilting of leaves with new green shoots. To do this, the bush has to consume more nutrients, which causes it to weaken. To prevent the death of the plant, it is necessary to start treatment in a timely manner.

Causes of leaf wilting:

  • Fungal diseases. For example, powdery mildew, which affects the entire leaf blade. To combat it, use a 0.1% solution of copper sulfate.
  • Lack of microelements. For the normal development of honeysuckle, it needs elements such as: phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium. They are aimed at developing the root system, the formation of leaves and increasing the plant’s resistance to diseases. A deficiency of any of them will affect the condition of the entire plant. This will be noticeable by changes in the color and structure of the leaves. The solution to the problem is simple - just regularly carry out foliar feeding, replenishing the lack of essential microelements.
  • Insufficient or excessive watering. In temperate climates, honeysuckle requires infrequent watering - about 4 times per season. The plant will need up to 10 liters of water per watering. Lack of fluid can lead not only to small and bitter berries, but also to some honeysuckle diseases. Excessive watering also provokes fungal diseases. Watering should be adjusted depending on weather conditions.
  • Insect pests. Sometimes honeysuckle is attacked by mites or aphids. They settle on the leaves of the plant and feed on its resources. To combat insects, Bordeaux mixture or other special preparations are used.

Edible honeysuckle in cosmetology

The possibility of using edible honeysuckle in cosmetology appeared thanks to the rich vitamin and mineral complex contained in the fruits of the plant. Honeysuckle is used for skin diseases, to strengthen the walls of blood vessels and to stimulate metabolic processes. Cosmetic procedures using honeysuckle are useful at any age. The berries have antiviral, strengthening, anti-stress, stimulating and tonic effects.

Important: Only edible varieties of honeysuckle are used for cosmetic procedures.

Honeysuckle has been successfully used to treat acne and spider veins. Honeysuckle extract is added to masks, creams and shampoos to improve their effectiveness. Honeysuckle juice is successfully used as a tonic, replacing lotions and tonics.

The leaves, flowers and roots of honeysuckle, which are also used in cosmetology, have beneficial properties.