How to Grow Honeysuckle from Seeds

How to grow honeysuckle from seeds
How to grow honeysuckle from seeds

Both edible and ornamental honeysuckle varieties are relatively easy to propagate asexually. In the case of cuttings or isolated shoots, all the characteristics of the parent plant are preserved, which is especially important when breeding honeysuckle varieties with improved characteristics.

However, despite all the advantages, growing honeysuckle from seed is no exception. The most economical and least time-consuming method of honeysuckle seed propagation allows for the mass production of healthy and fully adapted plants.

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DESCRIPTION OF HONEYSUCKLE

Honeysuckle species (Lonicera) are deciduous and evergreen shrubs, of which there are erect forms, as well as climbing or creeping vines. All honeysuckles have simple, dark green, oval leaves with a pointed margin, arranged in paired rows. Their snowy white, cream, pink, yellow, or red flowers are very delicate and beautiful and can be both scented and unscented.

Honeysuckle fruits are very diverse and do not mature every year, ripening from June to August. They can be black, blue, or inky, and in ornamental species, they can be red or orange. But honeysuckle berries are always juicy, sometimes compounded into copolymers that end with various types of their heads – with “noses”, pointed, flat, or with primitive clusters. The seeds of all honeysuckle berries are small compared to the size of the fruit. Each berry contains between 4 and 18 seeds.

The primary method of propagation for both ornamental and edible honeysuckle is considered to be asexual. Honeysuckle trees are propagated by cuttings, green cuttings, isolated shoots, and grafting. The seed m