Kamchatka Blue Honeysuckle Leningradskij Velikan 1L

Lonicera caerulea var. kamtschatica Leningradskij Velikan

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The Leningrad Velikan is a fast-growing Russian variety of the Kamchatka blue honeysuckle. The bush reaches 1.5-2 m in height. It’s one of the most prolific varieties and is highly resistant to diseases and frost. This variety is perfect for beginner gardeners and for growing in containers.

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General description

General description: The Leningradzkij Velikan Kamchatka honeysuckle is a shrub that grows up to 2 m in height, and during the flowering season is plentifully bestrewn with small flowers and distinguished by very high prolificity. It is known the world over under many names, such as the sweetberry honeysuckle, fly honeysuckle, blue-berried honeysuckle, Haskap berry or simply the honeyberry – all these names represent this amazing plant of extraordinary properties. The Kamchatka honeysuckle’s popularity grows day by day, largely owing to the rise of health food trends. The Wojtek honeysuckle produces delectable and very healthy fruit, therefore it is worth seriously considering cultivating it in one’s own garden, especially since it’s easy to do so.


Flowers: Leningradzkij Velikan’s flowers are quite inconspicuous, creamy-yellow, and resistant to spring frosts. It’s a cross-pollinating shrub, which means that to gain the highest possible fruit yield, it needs to be planted in the near vicinity of other varieties of Kamchatka honeysuckles.


Blooming: This Kamchatka honeysuckle blooms in the first half of April.


Leaves: Leningradzkij Velikan's leaves are oval, green with a slightly bluish underside. Fresh foliage is slightly tomentose (fuzzy).


Fruit: The fruit is a berry of oblong pear shape, dark blue in colour. It is juicy, sweet and sour in taste, and very aromatic. The Kamchatka honeysuckle’s fruit is rich in healthful nutrients, such as pectins, organic acids, vitamin c and sugars. Moreover, pigments contained in the berries have remarkable properties of strengthening blood vessels and removing heavy metals and other toxins from the body.


Ripening: The Leningradzkij Velikan variety bears fruit at the turn of May and June. It can fruit as early as a year after planting. In the second and third year the plant can produce from 0.5 to 1 kg of berries from a single shrub. This variety may provide as much as 5 kg of fruit from just one shrub and Kamchatka honeysuckles bear fruit for up to 30 years.


Cultivation requirements: Kamchatka honeysuckles are easy to cultivate. They tolerate sandy and dry soils, however they grow best in slightly acidic, moderately moist, sandy loam soils, preferably in sunny positions, although slightly shaded spots are also well tolerated by the plant.


Care: During the first five years after planting Kamchatka honeysuckles need absolutely no pruning. The first thinning out to remove old shoots is to be done after about five years (depending on whether the shrub needs this). Thanks to such pruning, the fresh new shoots will gain access to more light and we gain the possibility of shaping the shrub to our liking.


Overwintering: The Kamchatka honeysuckle is particularly frost resistant. It does not freeze in temperatures as low as -40°C. At the beginning of November, young shrubs should be covered in soil with peat so that a mound of about 30 cm in height is formed over the plant.


Origin: Russia.

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