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21/12/2012 at 07:40

Hi, This is my first time of asking any question. Is it possible to plant misletoe myself, and if it is how do i do it, looking forward to an answer. from Cedric.

21/12/2012 at 07:51

No-you cant plant it in the conventional sense-it is a parasite and grows in trees-you can often see mistletoe now, high up in leafless trees

To get it to grow is quite a hit and miss affair-this probably explains it better than I can

21/12/2012 at 09:04

There was an item on the radio the other day and the Woodland Trust were talking about trying to spread mistletoe. You have to mash it up with some of your saliva  (to simulate birds digesting it) andthe rub it into cracks in the bark. I'm afraid I can;t remember which trees it prefers - I know it likes apples.

Also they did say it could take up to two years before you see any sign of genrmination as they talked about checking progress each spring.

Good luck

21/12/2012 at 10:39

Hi ChrissieB i just looked at the how to grow site, the missletoe is a must to try  for the future, cheers for that Alan

21/12/2012 at 10:40

Should have said  Santa Monoica sorr Alan

21/12/2012 at 10:41

Alan-it was me

EDIT-You've noticed now

21/12/2012 at 15:22

if you are like my late father in law,you have an old apple tree to which you place a couple of mistletoe berries into a slit in the bark and bingo you have if your lucky a bunch of kissing boughs,of course you have to squeeze the berries a little,that's how they stick to the tree.good luck.

21/12/2012 at 15:46

I've had several goes at mistletoe but no luck yet. One of the problems is that those white Christmas berries aren't ripe. Even when I sent for them at the right time from an ad I saw in a garden magazine, no go. but that was one of the hottest summers for a while and they probably dried out. I haven't given up the idea.

22/12/2012 at 07:25

 Mistletoe can be grown by simply squashing a berry onto a host tree, usually an apple tree but you can do this on around 200 species of tree. But be aware that mistletoe is a parasite and can damage or kill the host tree if over colonised.

22/12/2012 at 22:13
Apples best but i often wonder if silver birch or beach would be good as they are hosts to many fungi.
23/12/2012 at 04:11

I remember hearing that different strains of misletoe grow best on specific trees - i.e. if  your misletoe grew on an apple tree then the seeds should be 'planted' on an appletree.  If it came from a poplar then it will grow best on poplar.

23/12/2012 at 07:17

Dove -that body-clock needs new batteries

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