Kamchatka Blue Honeysuckle Indigo Gem 1L

Lonicera caerulea var. kamtschatica Jugana

General description :

Indigo Gem is one of the most recent Canadian Kamchatka honeysuckle varieties. It’s characterized by abundant fruiting, an upstanding posture, and rapid growth. This shrub is highly resistant to frost and diseases.

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General description

General description: The Indigo Gem Kamchatka honeysuckle is a shrub that grows up to 1.5 m in height and reaches a width of around 1.2 m. During the flowering season it’s plentifully bestrewn with small flowers and is very prolific. 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 Indigo Gem honeysuckle yields 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

Flowers: This plant’s flowers are quite inconspicuous, pale 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. Perfect pollinators are the Aurora and Honeybee varieties. 

Blooming

Blooming: The Indigo Gem variety blooms in April.

Leaves

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

Fruit

Fruit: Indigo Gem's fruit is a cylindrical berry, dark blue in colour with a lighter, waxy coating. It’s juicy, sweet and sour in taste, and very aromatic. The riper the berry, the sweeter it is. 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

Ripening: The Indigo Gem starts to fruit from mid-June to mid-July. 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. The Indigo Gem variety may provide as much as 5 kg of fruit from just one shrub and Kamchatka honeysuckles bear fruit for up to 30 years. This variety is suitable for both manual and mechanical harvesting.

CultivationRequirements

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 tolerated by this shrub.

Care

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

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

Origin: Canada.

JAG KAM INDIGO G 1
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Data sheet

Type
fruiting
evergreen
no
Fragrant flowers
no
Fruit ripening
June

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