How to plant honeysuckle in the fall?
I got edible honeysuckle seedlings on the market today. My grandchildren simply adore this berry, both fresh and in preserves and jams. Tell me how to plant honeysuckle in the fall?
Honeysuckle is a frost-resistant shrub that can live in one place for many years and bear fruit abundantly. Distinguish between berry honeysuckle and decorative. To acquire a useful shrub, experienced gardeners recommend planting honeysuckle in the fall (in September – early October). Read How To Propagate Honeysuckle?
Choosing a landing site
The place for planting honeysuckle must be chosen in such a way that over time the top of the bush is well lit, but the root part is in partial shade. An ideal place would be a draft-free area with fertile soil of neutral acidity..
Avoid shady and elevated areas with sandy soil.
Planting pit preparation
The planting hole should be prepared a few days before planting the honeysuckle. Its diameter should be approximately 40 cm and its depth should be between 25 and 40 cm. Apply fertilizer:
- 10 kg of humus;
- 200 g superphosphate;
- 40 g potassium salt.
Mix the fertilizers with the soil with a shovel and water the hole. If necessary (if the soil is clay), add soddy soil, sand and wood ash. Next, cover the planting hole from above and leave for 4 days..
The choice of planting material
For reproduction of honeysuckle, rooted cuttings no older than 2 years are used. Too tall (more than 1.5 m) seedlings may not take root, but it is also better not to take small ones (less than 25 cm), since they have not yet developed.
Planting a honeysuckle seedling
In order for honeysuckle to give a generous and tasty harvest, it should be planted in groups (at least two or three plants), while choosing seedlings of different varieties. This is due to the fact that honeysuckle is self-fertile..
Before planting, the seedlings should be kept in a solution of heteroauxin for a day (50 g of the preparation per 1 liter of water).
Plant a seedling in a prepared planting hole, spread the roots and compact the soil around them well so that there are no voids left. Water the bush and mulch. The root collar should be slightly deepened – no more than 3 cm.With group plantings, the distance between the seedlings should be maintained about a meter, and the row spacing should be 2.5 meters.
Care of young plantings
With the arrival of spring, spud the planted bushes, dig around the soil with a shovel half-bayonet. Mulch the young honeysuckle with humus.
Honeysuckle care includes regular watering, in hot dry summers – daily. After watering, the ground must be loosened and weeded as needed..
Fertilizer is applied only from the third year of the life of the bush. It is enough to feed young plantings with compost in spring (1 bucket per bush), and in autumn add ash to the soil (150 g). For the prevention of diseases and pests in summer, shrubs are treated with special means.
As for pruning, during the first five years, young honeysuckle does not need it. At this time, her growth is slow. It is enough to remove dry and diseased branches in the spring..
See also: honeysuckle planting and care in the Moscow region (varieties)!