[nafex] Re: (Fwd) Sea Buckthorn,Blue Honeysuckle, Magnolia Vine (J. Van Hazi

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Wed May 16 00:21:52 EDT 2001

There's at least one reason the blue honeysuckle doesn't set well -
pollination.  It blooms so early there isn't much of anything out to
pollinate it.  I know someone doing research on it and that seems to be one
of the major hangups - the blooms come out very early and can take a fair
amount of cold, but no insects have come out as early as it blooms.
-Lon Rombough
>From: Kelleher at gj.net
>To: nafex at yahoogroups.com
>Subject: [nafex] Re: (Fwd) Sea Buckthorn,Blue Honeysuckle, Magnolia Vine
(J. Van Hazi
>Date: Tue, May 15, 2001, 9:12 PM

>I have three of the blue Honeysuckle from "One Green World". The 
>plants are very healthy and attractive, about 4 years old and 3-ft by 
>2-ft.  I can't recommend them though because the production is so 
>scanty.  I would be hard pressed to pick more than 1 or maybe 2 cups 
>from the bushes...this is much less than the production I get off my 
>currents and gooseberries.  The flavor is okay but not very 
>distinctive...not as good as a real blueberry.  I remember some 
>discussion that they may produce better in colder climates.  I'm in 
>zone 6 Colorado with hot dry summers.  As for the magnolia vine I saw 
>some interesting wild collected native varieties in the Heronswood 
>catalogue http://www.heronswood.com/.  They also have some wild 
>collected hardy kiwis.  They are selling them as ornamentals but they 
>might be interesting for fruit/hybridization.


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