Honey suckle seeds
Summer evenings are not complete without the scent of honeysuckle hanging in invisible veils across paths or through gardens.
William Robinson (The Wild Garden) commends ‘tree drapery’ to us and urges us to train climbers ‘in free ways over trees’.
Not only is this aesthetically pleasing, but climbers (especially our native ones) are especially useful to wildlife. In other luckier counties, the white admiral butterfly uses the honeysuckle as a larval food plant and the pied flycatcher is said to use the peeling bark of established plants for nesting material. In Nottinghamshire we can expect mature plants to provide nesting opportunities for birds, for the blossom to attract a range of invertebrates to its sweet nectar and for birds and mammals to feast on its voluptuous berries in high summer and autumn.
My favourite honeysuckle is our native one – lonicera pericylemenum – whose country name is woodbine. I’m not a purist and am nurturing a range of other kinds on the allotment. Overwintering blackcaps love the nutritious black berries of the l. halliana form during the winter.
And now the plants are beginning to fill with sticky red berries. Time for seed collection – so always carry plastic bags with you for this opportunity. Ignore the looks of passers by – my experience tells me they have a fear of making eye contact with anyone who furtively delves into hedgerows.
At home, separate the juicy flesh of the berries from the seeds and dry seeds on kitchen paper. Your fingers will suggest that you have a heavy smoking habit for a day but eventually the ‘nicotine stains’ will scrub off. Berries can sometimes contain half a dozen seeds. Each piece of kitchen paper will hold around 50 seeds.
When dry, place kitchen paper and its seeds onto tray of damp potting compost and lightly cover with more compost. Two pieces of kitchen towel will go onto a seed tray and so, with fantastic germination you could have a hundred seedlings. Place outside and keep watered.
After two weeks or so the seeds may be germinating and these can be placed in modules.
When plants are around 10 cm tall, plant out in hedgerows or at base of trees or grow them on in a nursery bed.
Honey suckle seeds Summer evenings are not complete without the scent of honeysuckle hanging in invisible veils across paths or through gardens. William Robinson ( The Wild Garden) commends
How to Plant Honeysuckle Seeds
Honeysuckles thrive in full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. The honeysuckle produces trumpet-shaped, strongly fragrant flowers in spring to mid-summer. Shrub types grow 6 to 15 feet tall, whereas vine types grow 10 to 25 feet tall. Plant honeysuckle in spring or fall in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4a to 9b. The honeysuckle is vulnerable to leaf roller, aphids, scale insects, powdery mildew, blights and leaf spot.
Remove any berry skin from the seeds, then rinse them off with water. Air dry seeds on a paper towel.
Fill a plastic bag with moistened sphagnum peat moss. Push seed into the peat moss, then seal the bag. Put the bag in the refrigerator for about 60 days. Keep the peat moss evenly moist.
Fill a seed tray with a 50:50 mix of potting soil and sphagnum peat moss. Sow one seed in each compartment, then lightly sprinkle with 1/8-inch of soil. Spray the soil with water until it is evenly moist.
Cover the top of the tray with clear plastic. Put the tray in a window where the seed will get about five to eight hours of daily sunlight. Keep the soil evenly moist.
Put the seedlings outdoors in a shaded location for two to three hours daily. Increase the amount of hours the seedlings are outdoors for a few hours per day over seven to 10 days.
Amend the top 4 inches of soil with .6 cubic yards of compost per 50 square feet, tilling in the compost until it is well-blended with the soil.
Dig a hole for the seedlings, making it about three times wider than the root ball and the same depth as the root ball.
Remove the seedling from the container carefully, handling it by the roots to prevent bruising the seedling’s stem. Space seedlings 5 to 15 feet apart, depending on the mature size of the variety. Water the soil until it is evenly moist.
How to Plant Honeysuckle Seeds. Honeysuckles thrive in full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. The honeysuckle produces trumpet-shaped, strongly fragrant flowers in spring to mid-summer. Shrub types grow 6 to 15 feet tall, whereas vine types grow 10 to 25 feet tall. Plant honeysuckle in spring or fall …