Edible honeysuckle. My joy: features and characteristics
Edible honeysuckle berries contain a huge amount of useful elements and vitamins that the body needs. Unfortunately, this plant is very rarely seen in personal plots. My Joy variety is perfect for those who have just decided to get acquainted with this berry and will be a real discovery for experienced gardeners.
Description honeysuckle varieties My joy
Honeysuckle cultivar My Joy belongs to medium-sized shrubs. It is characterized by medium straight pink pubescent matte shoots and matte smooth leaves, bright green in color.
The variety was bred in 1999 by breeder L. Kuzminov in the Moscow Region as a result of pollination of the honeysuckle of the Kamchatka, Magadan form.
Did you know? Japanese honeysuckle — the only indoor variety of this plant. Most often it is used for bonsai.
Appearance, characteristics of berries, ripening time, yield
The color of the fruit is bright blue with a blue coating of oblong shape, weighing 1 g. The taste is delicate, sweet, as described: similar to blueberries and blueberries. Berries practically have no aroma. Grade My Joy - medium late. Harvest can be obtained for 3-4 years after planting. On average, 2.5 kg of berries are harvested from one bush.
Honeysuckle fruits contain vitamin P, C, calcium, sodium, glucose, fructose and sucrose, and also contains malic and citric acids.
Advantages and disadvantages of the variety
- Advantages of honeysuckle My joy:
- unpretentiousness in leaving;
- large volumes of the crop;
- immunity to diseases;
- rarely susceptible to insect attacks;
- frost resistance.
- The disadvantages of this variety include:
- medium drought tolerance and heat tolerance;
- the need for cross-pollination.
Honeysuckle is a fairly unpretentious plant that bears fruit well in almost any soil. But in any case, if you want to get a good harvest, you must follow certain rules.
Important! When planting plants, it should be borne in mind that honeysuckle does not bloom well in shade and moist soil.
My joy grows best in well-lit areas. Also, the plant bears fruit well in partial shade. The place should be flat, lowlands where moisture accumulates should be avoided. It is not recommended to plant in areas with closely located groundwater. Any soil other than sandy is suitable for planting.
Landing and care
The bushes are planted in a specially prepared pit, 40 × 40 × 40 cm in size. First, it must be fertilized with a mixture of manure, ash, potassium and superphosphate. In the middle of the landing pit, you need to make the elevation on which the plant is placed. Then the roots are straightened and sprinkled with earth. After planting, you need to water the honeysuckle with a bucket of water and fertilize the soil with peat or humus.
In subsequent years, fertilize honeysuckle twice a year with organic:
- in spring - a bucket of humus under the bush;
- in the fall - 150 g of wood ash.
In the first three years, the plant is enough to water and weed from weeds. 10 l of water per plant is recommended.
Important! Without enough water, bitterness may appear in the fruit.
My joy does not apply to self-pollinating varieties. Therefore, you should immediately buy several seedlings of the bush and plant them on one site. To get a good harvest, the distance between the bushes should be no more than 2 m.
Pest and Disease Control
Variety My Joy has good immunity to pests and diseases. But sometimes a plant can attack aphids or honeysuckle goldfish. To combat these insects, you can use drugs such as Actellic or Confidor. As a fight against aphids, you can use an alcohol solution (100 ml of vodka per 1 liter of water).Chemical treatment should be carried out before the crop begins to set.
Cropping and shaping the crown
Trimming honeysuckle My joy is needed for 6 years after planting. Remove old branches that inhibit the development of the bush. Each subsequent year, it is recommended to cut diseased shoots to form a beautiful plant and increase the yield.
Old plants (over 15 years) are recommended to do anti-aging pruning. To do this, cut off all branches at a height of 50 cm from the ground. The bush will fully recover in 2-3 years. This pruning should be done after all leaves have fallen, or in early spring.
Despite the fact that honeysuckle calmly tolerates temperatures of −40 ° C, the bushes should be covered for the winter.This must be done so that birds and rodents do not damage the bush. It is enough to cover the bush with a net or burlap.
To save the bush from severe frosts, you need to untie it from the supports, tie the branches in a bunch and lay on the prepared ground. Then honeysuckle sprinkled with fir branches or sawdust.
Did you know? Chinese healers claim that the infusion of honeysuckle flowers prolongs life and provides an inexhaustible supply of energy.
Harvesting and transportation of the crop, shelf life of berries
Harvesting should be done a week later, as the berries turn a bright blue. The fruits can be picked by hand, or spread a sheet or film under the bush. After ripening, it will be enough to shake the bush and remove the debris that has crumbled along with the berries. It should be borne in mind that the berries do not have a long shelf life, they can lie in the refrigerator for literally several days.
In order to preserve all the beneficial qualities of the berries, they are recommended to be frozen. The fruits are great for harvesting for the winter in the form of jam, jam or compote. Honeysuckle. My joy received good feedback from gardeners. This unpretentious shrub perfectly fructifies and decorates the garden.