Growing, caring for, and harvesting honeyberries
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 gardens that are filled with so many vitamins besides their healing benefits.
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 effort 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.
- Blue velvet
- Berry blue
- Blue belle
- Blue forest
Growing honeyberry plant
- When growing these berries the first thing to consider is location. Therefore look for a location that gets plenty of sunlight in northern areas and partial shade in the south will help to achieve success.
- The soil should be 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 overwater
- Adding a 2-4 inch layer of mulch around the plants base will help to keep weeds down as the mulch decomposes will add nutrients to the soil
- Fertilizer your bushes based on the 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 pests and diseases which is a good thing because that makes growing these berries easier But I am sorry to say birds can become a pest by eating your berries.
The solution to bird pest
To discourage birds from eating your berries using a netting material over your plants can be effective in keeping birds away.
Electronic devices can be set up to keep birds away also. 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 bird traps out of pieces of wood where the front of the trap was propped with a stick, tie a 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.
Like I often say now comes the really great part where you get to eat the fruits of your labor. Honeyberries can be harvested from 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
The 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.