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in The potting shed
what do you gardeners do about the berries that have replaced the honeysuckle flowers..
.do you just leave them, or do you cut them off??
It's up to you Peter. I like to see them there til something eats them.
I have a baby blackbird balancing precariously on my honeysuckle right now. Leaning over and flapping like mad to reach the berries.
oooh but all those berries could potentially create millions of honeysuckler seedlings! Cutting them off is a very messy business though as they are juicy and sticky! I don't worry overmuch about berries in the hedge, but do deal with those growing over an arch in my veg plot. I also pot up a few seedlings to give to friends.
I use to clip the berries off and the next year it would flower well but I like looking at berries .
I think they are one of those plants that need to go through the gut of an animal in order to germinate. Poisonous though, so don't try it yourself.
The berries are one of the main reasons why honeysuckle is recommended for wildlife - it's an important winter food source for wild birds and small mammals - please leave them on.
PP I don't plant them - seedlings just pop up nearby. I think maybe waterbuts is right - I expect the birds eat them and drop the seeds where they are sat. They mayalso be one of the seeds that need to go though a cold winter before they germinate. Either way if you leave the berries where they are in the fullness of time you will have new plants springing up round and about, ansd heady scents in the garden for years to come.