Lonicera kamchatika Blue Velvet™
Blue Velvet™ is about 4 to 5 feet tall, and very easy to grow in regular to poor, moist soil and any shady spot (except in the northernmost portion of its hardiness range, where some sun is preferred.) The 1½-inch, cylindrical blue fruit ripens about 2 weeks before strawberries in most regions, beginning the first or second year after planting. Even when not in flower or fruit, however, this Honeyberry is attractive, thanks to velvety grayish-green foliage.
Native to eastern Siberia, this hardy deciduous species is untroubled by pests or disease. Blue Velvet™ is a unisex type, meaning that it is NOT self-fertile but will pollinate with any other Honeyberry -- so plant it with Blue Forest and both varieties will fruit equally heavily, bearing 3 to 5 pounds of delicious berries in early summer.
Honeyberry has no chill requirement, and is quite long-lived (except 50 to 75 years of active fruiting!). No fertilizer is required, but if you decide to use one, a balanced mixture such as 10-10-10 or 5-5-5 is ideal. Mulch as necessary to maintain moisture in the soil. Zones 3-8, 9 West Coast.
|Zone||3 - 8|
|BloomStartToEnd||Mid Spring - Late Spring|
|PlantHeight||4 ft - 5 ft|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Bird Lovers, Edible|
|HarvestSeason||Early Summer, Mid Summer|
|Resistance||Disease Resistant, Pest Resistant|
|Restrictions||Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico|
Space plants with regard to ultimate spread of the species or cultivar you’ve chosen. Honeysuckle is widely tolerant of soil types and locations, but prefers a well-drained loam. Flower production will be most profuse in full sun.
Easy to grow, honeysuckle requires little attention except to restrain spread of some vining types which can be too aggressive. Prune shrubby varieties hard after flowering, removing a third of wood to ground level each year. A light application of a balanced fertilizer each spring is beneficial.
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