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29/08/2013 at 12:15

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??

29/08/2013 at 12:30

It's up to you Peter. I like to see them there til something eats them.

29/08/2013 at 12:41

I have a baby blackbird balancing precariously on my honeysuckle right now. Leaning over and flapping like mad to reach the berries.

29/08/2013 at 13:39

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.

29/08/2013 at 13:43

I use to clip the berries off and the next year it would flower well but I like looking at berries .

29/08/2013 at 14:54
granny do the berries grow easily if i just stick em in a compost,that sounds just as easy as cuttings and iv got millions of berries at the moment ,and a long hedge i would love honeysuckle to grow in
29/08/2013 at 14:55

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.

29/08/2013 at 19:40
oh no too late,,,,,,,
29/08/2013 at 20:58


29/08/2013 at 21:50

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. 

29/08/2013 at 22:18

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.

Good luck

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