Russian Honeysuckle

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Scientific name: Lonicera

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Common name: Honeysuckle

General Description

The taste of the fruit of blue honeysuckle, reminiscent of blueberries is sour. It has a cylindrical shape with a length of 2-3 cm and width up to 1 cm. The fruits don’t grow at the same rate and must be collected frequently, because when they ripen they fall.

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Health benefits

The fruit of Honeysuckle can be eaten fresh or frozen. It can be used for making jams, juices, liqueurs etc. It contains vitamin C, A, iron, copper and iodine. It has antiseptic properties and is recommended for those who have problems with cardiovascular diseases and atherosclerosis. It has good effect on the elasticity of capillaries and improves the vision.

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Health Benefits

It helps in maintaining good eye health.

Proactive against  colon cancer

Positive action against cardiovascular problems.

It has anti-inflammatory action.

Cultivation Techniques

It is cultivated in full sun or semi-shaded positions in slightly acidic soil with pH 6, but it can also thrive in neutral soils. The planting is done every two shrubs for better pollination. It is resistant to very low temperatures ( – 45 ° C), and with bloomed flowers to – 8 ° C. The plant reaches a height of 1.8 to 2 m and width 1.5 m. The first few years after planting, pruning is not required. After about 5-6 years, it can be pruned removing the oldest shoots. Every two years it is good to add digested manure. For greater crop yield of honeysuckle, the soil beneath shrubs should be covered with bark or sawdust. Adding mulch prevents occurrence of weeds, retains moisture and contributes to good plant growth. The yield depends on the age and size of the plant, ranging from 2-6 kg.