Growing, caring for and harvesting honeyberries

Growing- honeyberry-plant

Over the past several weeks we have looked at how to grow berry varieties and what so amazes me is the number of berries that can be grown in our home garden that is filled with so many vitamins besides the healing side these berries have that can benefit us in so many ways.

Honeyberries is next on the list as we take a look at how to grow these bushes successfully and reap a good harvest because who would want to invest in a project spending money and putting in all that time without getting the results they are looking for.

So my goal is to help you to reap a good harvest as you garden successfully by following these steps that are so simple. So let’s connect with nature as we give nature a helping hand because by helping nature we will be helping ourselves.

Berry variety

  • Blue bird
  • Blue velvet
  • Berry blue
  • Blue belle
  • Blue forest

Growing honeyberry plant

  • When growing these berries the first thing to consider is location. Therefore locations that get plenty of sunlight in northern areas and partial shade in the south will help to achieve success.
  • The soil should be a well-drained soil that is moist with a ph of 6.5. Also adding organic matter will go a long way in helping your bushes
  • The spacing of these plants should be 6-8 feet apart in rows mix up the varieties for proper pollination
  • Give sufficient water but don’t over water
  • Adding a 2-4 inch layer of mulch around plants base will help to keep weeds down as the mulch decomposes will add nutrients to the soil
  • Fertilizer your bushes based on soil test

Honeyberry height and width

The growing height of this shrub can be anywhere from 3-7 feet along with the width measuring the same depending on the variety.

 Insect pest and diseases of honeyberry bushes

Honeyberry bushes have few insect pest and disease which is a good thing because that makes growing these berries easier But I am sorry that I have to say but, but, there we go again, birds can become a pest by eating your berries.

Bird in tree-growing-honeyberry-plants

Solution to bird pest

Netting material

To discourage birds from eating your berries using a netting material over your plants can be effective.

Electronic devices

Electronic devices can be set up to keep birds away. Check with your garden center


Using repellents can also keep birds away. Repellents such as Eco bird 4.0, PiGNX etc… will help


As a youngster, my elder brother and I loved to catch birds. We would make the bird trap out of wood prop the front up with a stick, tie fishing line on the stick that kept the trap propped up, baited the trap with bread crumbs or uncooked rice. We always had success with our bird catching method.

Harvest time

Like I often say now comes the really great part where you get to eat the fruits of your labor. Honeyberries can be harvested in late May to early July. Wait until the fruits turn blue before eating. Berries can be shaken from the tree or hand-picked. The rewards are sweet as you enjoy these berries that are filled with antioxidants and other nutrients

Note: Honeyberry makes a great hedge or will do nicely in your edible garden

Final word

As you can see these berries are easy to grow and of great benefit so go ahead and make these bushes a part of your garden you will be happy that you did as you reap a sweet harvest.

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  1. Matt's Mom says:

    I have never had a honey berry before. I am looking for ideas for along the front of my house that does get partial shade (I live in Florida). Sounds like I have everything right. I liked them for how pretty they are with the fruit. I had not known I could eat it as well. Do you know what other fruit they might be similar to taste with?

    1. Norman says:

      Hello good friend so good to see you. Hope all is well with both you and your family. Honeyberries has a similar taste to blue berries hope this helps. Wishing you all the best. Have a good day.

  2. Ty Hook says:

    This Honey Berry plant sounds like an option I might share with my wife. We usually improve our yard every summer and this sounds like it would be a good addition.

    However we live way up North in Duluth MN. The winters are long and cold and the summers are short and humid. Would this plant thrive in our location?


    1. Norman says:

      Hello it is so good to meet you and I am so happy that I could help. One way to overwinter your plant is to use mulches, straws that comes in bails or leaves. Cover the roots with one of these material to keep them from freezing or if grown from a container  move plant on the indoors to places like the basement, the garage or other places that gets some light and that is cool-warm. Plants can be returned to the outdoors once the cold season passes. 

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