Honeyberries (Lonicera caerulea) are hardy, deciduous shrubs that make an excellent addition to kitchen gardens and have plenty of ornamental value too. The sweet fruits can be eaten straight from the plant or added to cakes, pies and preserves. Similar to blueberries, they flower and fruit on wood that is a year old, or more. Here’s how to prune your honeyberry bush to ensure a bumper crop each year.
|Lonicera kamtschatica 'Kalinka' from Thompson & Morgan
Image: Lonicera kamtschatica 'Kalinka' from Thompson & Morgan
Most varieties of honeyberry will take two to three years to establish before they start to produce fruit. Other than removing any dead or misplaced stems, it’s best to leave them alone for the first three years.
Once your honeyberry is established it should be pruned annually each June, as soon as you’ve harvested the ripe fruits.
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Image: Lonicera caerulea var. Kamtschatica from Thompson & Morgan
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