Re: lonicera villosa: drought-resistance and latefrosts
- Hello Klaus,
If you're interested in the plant because of the fruit, then a much better and commercially available variety is Lonicera caerulea. It is hardy to at least -40ºC and the blossoms are hardy to -7ºC. I can't vouch for the first temperature but I can for the second. It needs a steady winter not a winter where the temperatures periodically rise enough to trigger growth.
We've never watered even when we get 6 weeks without rain but we also mulch heavily.
I know that there are vendors in the UK.
And someone in Poland has found a source - http://ewainthegarden.blogspot.com/2010/07/lonicera-caerulea-var-kamtschatica-huge.html She might be able to direct you to her source.
For more info on edible blue honeysuckle, see http://ediblebluehoneysuckle.wordpress.com/
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Allmende Verden <allmendeperma@...> wrote:
> does anybody have experiences with lonicera villosa? I´m finding
> contrary informations about water-need on davesgarden.com and
> fruitipedia.com. What kinds of droughts can it stand?
> And how susceptable is it to late frosts? How deep can the temperature
> fall while it has flowers?
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- Anyone know where i can source lonicera villosa seed [instead of potted baby plants] in northern Germany?